Three Battle Creek men are suspects in 2020 double homicide

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Police at the scene on Rittenhouse Avenue after the 2020 shooting which killed two people.
Police at the scene on Rittenhouse Avenue after the 2020 shooting which killed two people.

Three Battle Creek men are facing charges of murder in the 2020 shooting death of a man and woman.

On Thursday court documents show that Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert authorized open murder and weapons charges for Chad Jones, 27, and Tahar Boyd, 34, who are in custody on unrelated charges.

Both are scheduled for arraignment Thursday afternoon in Calhoun County District court.

Charges of open murder also are authorized for Dominique Clark, 32, being sought by police.

All three are implicated in the June 16, 2020, shooting deaths of Leon Jackson, 30 and Diamond King, 23, both of Battle Creek.

They were among 200 to 300 people gathering to mark the 24th birthday of Elijah Williams who was shot and killed in October 2019.

Battle Creek police said the group was in the street near 158 W. Rittenhouse Ave. about 12:32 a.m. when someone opened fire from a yard across the street.

Both Jackson and King died from gunshot wounds to the head.

Battle Creek Detective Sgt. Chris Rabbitt said Wednesday police still are not clear on a motive but believe Jackson may have been targeted and King likely was an innocent bystander.

Rabbitt said detectives resumed the investigation about three weeks ago and conducted a number of interviews.

"We were able to do some interviews with people we talked to before and identified some other people who had some information with some new interviews. We were able to develop information from people in the community that identified these three as our suspects," he said.

Boyd was arrested when he reported to the courthouse Tuesday for a routine drug screen. Jones was arrested by Battle Creek police just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when he was stopped in a rental car in the 300 block of West Jackson Street.

Police found a .45-caliber handgun in the vehicle.

Jones appeared in Calhoun County District Court on Wednesday afternoon for arraignment on five outstanding warrants for driving with a suspended license.

Watching from the gallery was Leondress King, mother of Diamond King.

She was notified by the police department Wednesday morning of the arrests and was disappointed when the murder charge was not processed in time for the arraignment.

"I am getting some closing," she said. "I wish we had capital murder in Michigan. He is such a menace."

King said waiting for charges in the death of her daughter and Jackson has been difficult.

"I have emotions of anxiety, anger and pain," she said. "I have her 4-year-old son and he kind of keeps my spirits up and gives me hope. I pray and ask God everyday that he shall prevail and he shall seek vengeance and here we are today and my prayers are starting to be answered."

King said she will return to the courts Thursday to watch one or possibly two of the suspects appear for arraignment on the murder charges.

Contact Trace Christenson at 269-966-0685 or tchrist@battlecreekenquirer.com

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