- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - One of two men charged in the fatal Christmas Eve carjacking of a Detroit church musician told investigators he wanted the wheel rims on the victim’s Chevy Trailblazer, according to court testimony.

Detroit police Sgt. Steven Ford read aloud Darnell Young’s statement during a preliminary examination Friday in district court, The Detroit News reported (https://detne.ws/20dF2za ).

“I seen a truck with some wheels that I could sell for $1,200,” Ford said Young told officers after his arrest in the slaying of Anthony Tolson.

Young, 18, and Charles Cox, 33, are charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, carjacking and armed robbery. Tolson, 33, was waiting for a friend outside an east side liquor store when he was shot to death.

“I told him to get out the car,” Young said Jan. 15 in his statement to police. “He grabbed the gun. When I yanked back, I shot him. I pulled him out the car after I shot him, then I hopped in the car and pulled off.”

Herman Searcy testified earlier Friday that Tolson picked him up at his home after Tolson played guitar at a church concert. They had planned to visit their children, but stopped at the liquor store for Searcy.

A man near the store’s door saw two men with guns in the parking lot and believed the store was about to be robbed, Searcy said.

“We started running to the back of the store,” Searcy testified. “Then, two shots go off: Bop! Bop! I just prayed to God, ‘I hope that ain’t my guy.’”

Tolson was heading to his mother’s home. His bass guitar and gifts for his three children were inside the SUV that was stolen.

The hearing is expected to resume Monday.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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