3 bound over in death of 13-year-old

Left to right, in orange: Victory Garay, Octavius Snell and Rashad Perez during a June 17, 2014 preliminary hearing.
Left to right, in orange: Victory Garay, Octavius Snell and Rashad Perez during a June 17, 2014 preliminary hearing.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people — including a 15-year-old — were bound over Tuesday to Kalamazoo County Circuit Court in the murder of a 13-year-old boy.

Michael Day was shot as he rode his bicycle in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood on Memorial Day evening. He died later at the hospital.

Michael Day. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Michael Day. Undated courtesy photo)

After a Tuesday preliminary examination, a judge ruled there was enough evidence to send 15-year-old Victor Garay, 18-year-old Rashad Perez and 23-year-old Octavius Snell to trial for the murder.

Tuesday testimony put the blame for the death on Garay. The shotgun police say he admitted using is linked to the slug taken from Michael’s body.

A detective testified that Garay admitted shooting once toward some gang members who he claimed were sneaking up on him. Garay, Perez and Snell all allegedly fired in the direction of the gang members, but only Garay actually shot someone, police said.

Michael was with his sister and cousin at the time of the shooting and was apparently not Garay’s intended target.

Michael’s sister said she saw it happen and that he tried to warn her.

All three face charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder and felony firearms. Snell also faces an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Garay is being charged as an adult.

Further court dates have not yet been set.

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