Felon charged with Grand Rapids murder

Mug shot of Demario Antwan Chandler courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)– A man in police custody since October is now facing charges for a Grand Rapids murder.

Wednesday, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office issued charges against 30-year-old Demario Antwan Chandler for the April 18 shooting death of 34-year-old German Antonio Rodriguez-Duarte.

Officers found Rodriguez-Duarte’s body in the side yard of a home in the 500 block of Hall Street SW. Detectives had difficulty identifying Rodriguez-Duarte and finding his relatives because he was an undocumented immigrant.

Court records obtained by 24 Hour News 8 indicate Chandler was originally arrested in July for unrelated crimes. He was charged with possessing marijuana, possessing a firearm as a felon and carrying a concealed weapon. As part of a plea deal, Chandler pleaded guilty to the firearms charges. In return, prosecutors dropped the marijuana charge.

He now faces four additional felony charges, including open murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and being a habitual offender. Police said will be extradited to Grand Rapids for arraignment in the near future.

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