Grieving mother says Detroit police returned murdered son’s car with evidence inside
DETROIT – The mother of a Detroit man who was shot dead on New Year’s Eve says her son’s car was returned to her with evidence from the shooting that was left inside.
David Grier, 20, was killed on New Year’s Eve when 13 bullets were shot into his car. David Grier’s mother, Temekia Grier, says there is no reason she should have five of these cases and fragments in her possession while the investigation into her son’s murder continues.
Since the death of her son, Temekia Grier has been trying to work with investigators to solve his murder.
“The detective handling the case said when he first contacted me, he couldn’t identify my son,” Temekia said. “There was no ID.”
After that brief conversation, however, Temekia says she has never heard from detectives about her son’s wallet or clues that might have led to the investigation of her son’s murder. A few weeks later, Temekia was able to pick up her son’s car from the Detroit Police Department (DPD) seizure – but didn’t know there was any evidence left in it.
Temekia says she found David’s ID in the car console in the confiscated vehicle. Unfortunately, their discovery didn’t stop there.
“I found over five bullets. Still in the vehicle, ”Temekia said.
The mother discovered five cases and cartridges in the car, which may have been overlooked by homicide investigators at DPD.
“It’s horrible to see that this is still in my possession when it should be in the care of the authorities,” Temekia said.
One of these cases was even found in a liquor bottle that Temikia had also inquired about.
“Here it is, I find the bottle of alcohol that was never opened on the floor in the back of the vehicle,” said Temikia.
Local 4 spoke to DPD about the problem. Although several casings were found outside at the crime scene, Commander Eric Decker has no idea why investigators initially never found the evidence in the vehicle.
“Not entirely sure why these weren’t restored,” Decker said. “When I spoke to Ms. Grier, she said that they were in sight. Our evidence preservation technicians should have watched and restored that. “
An investigation was opened to determine the exact reason why this evidence was not originally restored. Regardless, Temikia says none of this should be overlooked, and she hopes anyone who takes the evidence off their hands actually takes the time to investigate her son’s case further.
“I don’t want the wrong people to get it if it’s not used properly,” Temekia said.
To make matters worse, David Grier was killed a few weeks before his 21st birthday. His mom says she doesn’t want another parent to experience the pain she’s in.
The police are looking for a dark-colored SUV in connection with the shooting of David Grier. Authorities believe two shooters could be responsible for his death.
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