Thursday, January 7, 2021

3rd suspect charged in death of Van Buren woman

 Egypt Covington
Four suspects have been arrested and three men charged in the 2017 death of Egypt Covington, 27, who was found bound with Christmas lights and slain in her home in Van Buren Township.

Following pressure from the victim's family who grew frustrated with the lack of progress by Van Buren Township police, Michigan State Police began an investigation in Covington's death. As a result of that investigation, Timothy Moore, 34, of Toledo Ohio, and Shane Evans 31, of Sumpter Township were arrested and arraigned in November and December.  Moore is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree home invasion, possessing a firearm as a felon and four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Evans is charged with felony murder and first-degree home invasion.

A third person was also recently arrested but subsequently released. A third man, Shandon Groom, 28, of Toledo Ohio, was arraigned on charges Dec. 31 in 34th District Court in Romulus. Groom also faces charges of felony murder and first-degree home invasion.  

State police officials refused to make any further comment regarding the investigation or any other suspects in the case. Prosecutors are expected to reveal what they believe was the motive of the defendants during court proceedings.

Covington was found shot and bound on June 23, 2017. Her family members eventually started a Facebook campaign “To Find Justice for Egypt” seeking tips and requesting an investigation into her death by state police.

Covington was a well-known figure in the community and performed as a part-time singer in various venues. She was employed full-time with Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti as an account manager.

First-degree murder and felony murder are punishable by up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.