Man charged in York Creek Apartments homicide

Kent County

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The man found shot dead in an SUV at an apartment complex north of Grand Rapids was killed by a friend, investigators say.

Marquis Thomas, 33, of Kentwood was arraigned Thursday on charges of felony murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm in the death of Michael Wright, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said.

Wright, 35, was found dead on the morning of Dec. 1 in the passenger’s seat of an SUV at York Creek Apartments in Alpine Township. The medical examiner found he was shot in the head. Testimony from a detective filed with the court says the shot had been fired from the driver’s seat.

According to the court document, detectives found evidence in the car to show that Wright was at a nearby gas station on the evening of Nov. 30, which was confirmed by surveillance video. The video showed Wright at the gas station with another man and the two leaving in the SUV.

Fingerprints found inside the SUV were Thomas’, the detective wrote, and he matches the description of the man seen with Wright at the gas station.

Investigators say Wright and Thomas were good friends.

The document goes on to say that cellphone records also confirmed Thomas was at the gas station and the apartment complex on Nov. 30, and that he then went to a relative’s home in Wyoming.

Thomas was arrested Monday. His bond has been set at $1 million.

The court record says Thomas was convicted in 2007 of attempted murder and a weapons charge. The Michigan Department of Corrections said he was paroled in January 2020 and released from parole in September of this year.

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