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Murder convict charged in fatal Detroit freeway shooting

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A 39-year-old Detroit man who had served more than 20 years of murder was charged Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of another man on a local freeway that week.

David Easterly is accused of killing Bernard Waller, 31, also from Detroit, on Monday around 8:12 p.m. on the west shoulder of Interstate 96 near the Grand River.

Michigan State Troopers on patrol saw a two-car crash in the area and found Waller dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

On the east side of I-96, soldiers discovered the body of 27-year-old Detroit-born Emmanuel Woodward, who was apparently hit by a car while trying to cross the freeway.

No further details were released on Friday as state police investigations continue, the prosecutor said.

Easterly has been tried in the 36th District Court on first degree murder, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm, with concealed weapon, and three charges of second crime. His probable reasons conference is scheduled for March 9th and a preliminary examination on March 16 before Judge Ronald Giles.

According to online Michigan Justice Department records, Easterly was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison in March 1998 for a second degree murder in September 1997 when he was 16 years old. He was released on June 30th last year.

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