Man convicted of 2012 double murder

Michael Norris. (July 15, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was charged in Grand Rapids 2012 double homicide was found guilty Thursday.

A Kent County jury found Michael Norris guilty of 10 counts:

  • Two counts of felony murder
  • Two counts of attempted murder
  • Felonious assault
  • Four counts of felony use of a firearm

Norris and Manuel Rosado were charged in July 2013 for the Sept. 3, 2012 murders and another shooting on the same night that wounded two men.

Left to right: Michael Norris and Manuel Rosado. (July 15, 2013)
Left to right: Michael Norris and Manuel Rosado. (July 15, 2013)

The first shooting happened around 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 3 on Burton Street west of Division Avenue. When Grand Rapids police arrived on the scene, they found 45-year-old Felix Reyes-Santos and 20-year-old Alvero Carillo-Mendez dead. A third man, Baldomero Perez-Perez, had been shot in the mouth. He was hospitalized and survived.

At the time, police called it an “assassination type of shooting.”

The second shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. on Griggs Street SW near Buchanan Avenue — only about half a mile from the first shooting. A victim called 911 and said he had been shot. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Cesar Reyes-Rojas and Ariel Vasquez had both been shot in the chest. They were hospitalized and both survived.

The motive was robbery, GRPD said. After things went bad at the first scene on Burton Street and the suspects didn’t get any money, they decided to try it again.

Rosado was charged with three counts of assault with intent to commit armed robbery as a habitual offender in the Burton Street incident.

Norris’ sentencing is scheduled for March 11.

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