Muskegon, Mich. (July 16, 2013)
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids are taking interest in a July 9 shooting that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.
The case against one man police say was involved has already been turned over to the feds and cases against three other men may go that direction soon.
The street fight and gun battle on Monroe Avenue in Muskegon started as a disagreement over drugs.
"That was the crux of why these folks were in the street arguing with one another," said D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor.
Finding what role each of several men played in the event has been the top priority for Muskegon Police and the Muskegon County Prosecutors office ever since. The shooting left one man dead and a female bystander still recovering from critical injuries after she was hit in the head by a stray bullet.
Thanks in part to witness statements and a cell phone video of the fight, Muskegon County prosecutor D.J. Hilson was able to charge four men with gun violations.
"The individuals that we have charged I can certainly say were there and had guns," said Hilson.
But just as criminal cases are starting in Muskegon County District Court, there's word federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids would like to prosecute the men.
"We have given the U.S. Attorney's office the green light to go after and indict anybody they feel they can," said Hilson.
Dashawn Bates has already been indicted on federal gun charges and federal prosecutors are currently looking at files on Derrick Golden, Demeturis Holt, and Andrew Pollard as well.
Federal convictions carry much longer prison sentences; Hilson says he has no problem working with federal prosecutors to sent a message to criminals who use guns on Muskegon streets.
"Which ever way will get the most time in prison that is the direction we are going to go," said Hilson.
To this point none of the men charged is being named as the one who shot Alexis Brown. The condition of the bystander who was shot in the head, Carmesha Rogers is improving; she has been upgraded to fair condition at Mercy Health's Hackley campus.