Thursday, November 12, 2020

Suspect is arraigned in murder of Van Buren Township woman

Michigan State Police said last week that an Ohio man has been charged in the 2017 death of Egypt Covington who was found dead in her Van Buren Township home. In an earlier statement, police said that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing.

Police said that Timothy Eugene Moore, 34, of Toledo, Ohio, was arraigned on one count of first degree murder, felony murder, first-degree home invasion, felon in possession of a firearm and four counts of felony firearm in the 34th District Court in Romulus late last week. The court denied  bond.

A second suspect in the killing was released, according to police, who did not provide any other information.

Miss Covington was 27 at the time of her death and was a popular musician and singer along with her job as a beer distributor account manager.

Her body was discovered June 23, 2017 by her boyfriend. She was killed by a single gunshot behind her ear and her hands had been tied with a string of Christmas lights. Police said that Miss Covington had last been seen at a yoga class the day before her body was discovered.

Multiple reports of the investigation indicated that detectives believed that the killing was not a random act and that Miss Covington was known to her killer or killers. Her family members, however, say they have no idea why anyone would have wanted to do her harm.

Her brother, D'Wayne Turner, told local news outlets that he is glad his family is one step closer to justice. “We're definitely going to have a celebration,” he reportedly said. “We're pretty limited on information. But the state detectives gave us a call that two people were arrested.”

Miss Covington's father, Chuck Covington, is reported to have said he experienced a wave of emotions when he received the news that arrests had been made. He reportedly said that the arrests  were a beginning of closure and spoke of his late daughter as the kind of person “who could light up a room.”