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‘Send him home,’ defense attorney pleads at closing of double murder trial

KALAMAZOO, MI – For a second time a jury will decide if Tikario McMillon committed a double murder.

There is no evidence that ties McMillon to the crime, no fingerprints or weapons, defense attorney Caleb Grimes said Wednesday, Sept. 28 during closing arguments of the jury trial. Instead, the prosecutor’s office relied on testimony from people who were given plea agreements that drastically reduced their expected incarceration times, he said.

“Zero physical evidence – here’s something interesting too, zero motive,” Grimes said.

McMillon, 19, is charged with two counts of open murder and two counts of felony firearm in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court before Judge Paul Bridenstine. He is accused of shooting Katoya McPherson, 33, and Floyd Brashers Jr., 36.

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McPherson and Brashers were found dead Dec. 29, 2020, at the Oak Tree apartment complex, located in the 3700 block of Parkside Drive. They were found by a maintenance man employed by the property management company that owns the complex. The couple was shot and killed the night prior, police have said.

A jury could not reach a unanimous verdict during McMillon’s first trial in March. A mistrial was declared, and a new jury heard from witnesses and attorneys, starting Sept. 26.

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Brashers was shot five times and McPherson was shot two times, Kalamazoo County Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Theodore Brown tested.

D-Angelo Davis, McMillon’s brother, was found guilty earlier this summer of two counts of first-degree, pre-meditated murder in the deaths of McPherson and Brashers. The 26-year-old Davis was sentenced Aug. 5 to life in prison by Bridenstine.

Davis had originally taken a plea agreement in exchange for agreeing to testify in McMillon’s

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