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Crime Battle Creek man arraigned in fatal weekend shooting, second man named as co-defendant

00:30  01 november  2019
00:30  01 november  2019 Source:   battlecreekenquirer.com

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One man appeared in court Thursday on murder charges and two more could be implicated in the killing.

a close up of a man: Xavier Kellie-Sims© Provided Xavier Kellie-Sims

Xavier Kellie-Sims, 22, of Battle Creek was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the Saturday morning shooting death of Elijah Williams.

Williams, 23, of Battle Creek, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo after being shot once in the chest.

At the arraignment a second man, Duane Michael Young, 25, of Battle Creek, was named as a co-defendant, although Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott of the Battle Creek Police Department said Young has not been charged in connection with the homicide.

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Elliott said a third man, Demarko Shandel Young, 26, is being sought as a person of interest in the shooting. Police said Thursday anyone with information is asked to call dispatchers at 269-781-0911 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

a man looking at the camera: Demarko Shandel Young© Provided Demarko Shandel Young

"We believe he was there, and he has information about what happened there," Elliott said.

Talking to reporters Thursday, Elliott said investigators believe two or possibly three people fired shots stemming from an argument and fight at a home at 26 W. Northside Drive.

Officers who were about two or three blocks from the house responded within three minutes after hearing shots at 3:49 a.m.

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Battle Creek police are continuing their search not only for the gunman but for a motive in the Friday morning killing of Frankie Zanetti, 63. Friday night police said they are looking for a relative, Brian Zanetti, 47, of Battle Creek as a person of interest.

They found Williams in the driveway of the house. He told them he had been shot but could not tell the officers who shot him.

Elliott said about 20 people, all invited, were at an impromptu party when the argument and fight began.

"They all knew each other. It was an informal gathering," Elliott said. "There was an argument and a fight.

"Two or three people were shooting at each other," Elliott said. "Mr. Williams was likely not the intended target and may have been caught in a crossfire. The initial information is showing us that."

Police said they found 16 shell casings at the scene in at least two areas, leading officers to believe there were multiple people firing.

Officers also recovered a handgun at the scene and said they believe it was being carried by Williams and was the gun used to kill him.

"There were two sides because of two different areas of shell casings," he said. "Common sense would tell us they were shooting at each other. We are trying to determine whether or not there is a third person in there and exactly what Mr. Williams' role was in the fight, if he had a role, or if he was just there and happened to get caught in the cross-fire. We haven't ruled out that he was trying to break up a fight."

22-year-old Battle Creek man charged with murder in Saturday morning shooting

  22-year-old Battle Creek man charged with murder in Saturday morning shooting Xavier Kellie-Sims was arrested Monday. He is facing charges of open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Kellie-Sims was arrested Monday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon but after detectives met with Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert Wednesday the murder charges were authorized.Kellie-Sims is being held in the county jail without bond and is expected to be arraigned Thursday in district court.Detective Sgt.

Xavier Kellie-Sims of Battle Creek was charged with open murder and felony firearm possession in He is being held without bond and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, according Officers are still looking for a person of interest but he has not been located. His name is not being released at this time.

The shooting was the second in as many days in the iconic and normally safe and quiet neighborhood, which has always been a big draw for city dwellers and suburbanites alike. On Saturday night, an 18-year-old girl was shot in the leg in front of a Greektown restaurant on Monroe, near the popular Five

He said police are conducting interviews "and putting their stories together to get a good picture of what happened and where people were. We are using shell casings and witness statements to place people in the different locations."

At the arraignment, Magistrate David Heiss set bond at $250,000 cash and ordered a preliminary examination for Nov. 21 before Judge Jason Bomia. Kellie-Sims asked for the appointment of a public defender.

If convicted he faces life in prison without parole.

Contact Trace Christenson at 269-966-0685 or tchist@battlecreekenquirer.com. Follow him on Twitter@TWChristenson

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