Thursday, May 6, 2021

Man faces murder charge in shooting of father

Devon Hackney
The man who posted a Snapchat video of his dead father's corpse and called 911 in Romulus to report the fatal shooting has been released from jail on bond.

Devon Hackney, 19, is charged with one count of open murder and one count of felony firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of his father, Alex Hackney of Romulus. Police were called to the elder Hackney's residence in the 14100 block of Conover Place in Romulus at about 2:02 p.m. April 21 in response to a 911 call from the accused who admitted he had shot his father. Responding officers discovered the elder Hackney unresponsive and  suffering from three gunshot wounds to the chest lying in the driveway of the home. Officers called medics to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Prosecutors allege there was a physical altercation between the defendant and his father prior to the fatal shooting.

The defendant was arraigned and remanded without bail to police custody on April 25.  Defense attorney Ben Gonek filed for an emergency bond hearing for Hackney which took place before Judge Brian Oakley on April 26. Prosecutors argued during the hearing that shooting a man three times in the chest and posting a video of the scene required either no bail or a high bond. Oakley, however, sided with the defense and released Hackney on a $125,000 or 10-percent bond with the wearing of an electronic tether if bail were posted.

Hackney paid the $12,500 bond and was released while awaiting his next court appearance on the murder charge.