Murder suspect dances in return to Benton Harbor

Southwest Michigan

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of murdering two men in Benton Harbor was returned to Michigan Monday.

Heedless of his shackles, Antwan Mims began to dance after he caught sight of WNDU cameras awaiting his arrival at Southwest Regional Airport in Benton Harbor. He kept dancing and grinning as the officers escorting him pulled him to a waiting police cruiser.

“I thought that was kind of crappy,” Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety Director Daniel McGinnis told WNDU, the NBC affiliate out of South Bend, Indiana. “He’s taken two people’s lives. He’s coming out making funny gestures about it. Actually, I was offended for the people of Benton Harbor. I didn’t care for that at all.”

Mims faces two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say that on March 25, he shot 22-year-old Cortez Miller and 29-year-old Michael Johnson in front of about 100 people at a house party. As Miller and Johnson lay on the ground, investigators have said, Mims shot them each again in the head to make sure they were dead.

McGinnis described the homicides to WNDU as “cold-blooded” and “unconscionable.”

The FBI got involved in the case on May 2, when they took out a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Mims, a known member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list June 27.

Agents arrested him in Georgia July 31.

“Having him in custody and headed to jail is tremendous,” McGinnis said.

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