Testimony: Suspect in deadly Wyoming robbery knew victim

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) – The 15-year-old charged with robbing a Grand Rapids teenager said he’s not the one who shot the Kelloggsville student to death during the crime.

In Wyoming District Court Wednesday, Bryshaun Scott testified he saw 18-year-old Mitchell Savickas fatally shoot 17-year-old Isaiah Blue in Wyoming on Jan. 27.

Scott said he was with Savickas and 16-year-old Daniel Benavides on a Silver Line Bus along South Division Avenue when they spotted Blue riding with friends. Scott said Savickas had met Blue in juvenile detention and the two had fought before.

Scott said Savickas suggested following Blue and his two friends when they stepped off the bus near 44th Street SW.

“Mitchell said ‘Y’all already know,” Scott said. “Then he pulled his gun out.”

Scott said Savickas fired several shots from the assault rifle while Benavides pointed a non-functioning handgun at the victims.

Police said Blue was shot multiple times and managed to cross the street before collapsing. He died a short time later at Butterworth Hospital.

Savickas’ girlfriend, Renee Wiebenga, also testified that he admitted to her that he shot someone in the shoulder.

“It was supposed to be a robbery,” she said.

Blue’s friends who were on the bus said they saw Savickas shoot Blue before running away, leaving the high school junior behind as he bled to death. They friends said they did eventually return to Blue.

After the shooting, Scott said they went to a home where Benavides questioned Savickas about the shooting.

“He asked, ‘What was the point in shooting him?’” Scott testified. “[Savickas] said that he started because [Blue] started to run.”

But if there was any regret over the shooting of Blue, Scott did not mention it in court.

“Daniel told him ‘you shot him for no reason, you should have at least, like, at least got something from it or robbed him or something,’” Scott said.

Savickas and Benavides are charged with felony murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole. Both were being held in the Kent County Jail without bond.

Scott is charged with armed robbery as a juvenile. He said he has no agreement with the prosecution in exchange for his testimony, but he hopes to stay out of adult prison. Scott was free on bond in his parents’ custody.

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