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Detroit Serial Killer Deangelo Martin Sentenced To Prison For Murders, Kidnappings, Rapes


DETROIT – In 2019, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged then 34-year-old Deangelo Kenneth Martin, of Detroit, in connection with four murders of women that occurred on the east side of Detroit. He was also charged in connection with two separate assault with intent to murder and criminal sexual conduct cases in 2019.

Murder on Winthrop Street of Annetta Nelson, 57, of Detroit

On February 26, 2018, at 4:25 p.m., a 43-year-old man went into a vacant house in the 11620 block of Winthrop and discovered the body of a woman lying face down on the floor with blood on her face. He carried the victim outside and flagged down the police. The police found a used condom inside the house. The victim’s lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue and she was later identified as Annetta Nelson, 57, of Detroit. Her death was determined by the Wayne County Medical Examiner to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin was charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.

Murder on Coventry Street of Nancy Harrison, 52, of Detroit

On March 19, 2019, Detroit police officers responded to a police run for a dead person inside a vacant house in the 20070 block of Coventry. The body was discovered by a Detroit man who went inside the house to smoke marijuana. The officers observed a deceased female positioned face

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down, and a used condom was found near her body. The victim’s lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue and she was later identified as Nancy Harrison, 52, of Detroit. Her death was determined by the Wayne County Medical Examiner to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin was charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.

Murder on Linnhurst Street of Trevesene Ellis, 55, of Detroit

On March 24, 2019 at 7:20 p.m., Detroit police officers responded to a police run for a dead person at a location of a vacant house in the 13700 block of Linnhurst. The officers discovered a deceased female positioned face down, and a used condom was found near her body. Medics called to the scene pronounced the victim deceased. She was later identified as Trevesene Willis, 55, of Detroit. Her cause and manner of death were undetermined due to advanced decomposition. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin was charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.

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Murder on Mack Avenue of Tamara Jones, 55, of Detroit

On June 5, 2019 at 5:10 a.m., at a vacant house in the 3690 block of Mack Avenue, two Detroit police officers were flagged down by a 59-year-old Detroit man who discovered the decomposed body of Ms. Jones inside the house. The officers observed her to be face down with a used condom found near her body. The victim’s lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue. Her cause of death and manner of death were undetermined due to advanced decomposition. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin was charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.

On September 2, 2022, Defendant Martin pled guilty to Second Degree Murder on all four of homicide cases with sentences to run concurrent to one another with a sentence agreement of 45-70 years in prison. He also pled guilty as charged to two separate criminal sexual conduct cases with a guideline sentence to be determined by the judge. These cases are concurrent to the homicide cases.

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Today he was sentenced by Judge Regina Thomas to four concurrent Second-Degree Murder sentences to 45 to 70 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. He also received

concurrent sentences of 20 to 40 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on his two other criminal sexual conduct cases of 20 to 40 years in the Michigan Department of Correction.

“The women Deangelo Martin violently killed all had families that loved them dearly. Hopefully, they will find some peace knowing that he will be in the Michigan Department of Corrections and off the streets,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.


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