Not an accident: 1 facing murder charge in GR shooting

Cavari Brown
A March 10, 2017 mug shot of Cavari Brown. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is charged with murder in a Grand Rapids shooting previously suspected as accidental.

Cavari Jamoul Brown, 22, was arraigned Friday on three counts, including open murder, felony firearm and being a habitual offender in the death of his uncle, 35-year-old Gregory Lee Rogers, according Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker.

The shooting happened Nov. 27 in the 300 block of Straight Street NW.

Grand Rapids police investigating a shooting death in the 300 block of Straight Street NW on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

A source previously told 24 Hour News 8 that Rogers apparently shot himself while shoving a pistol into the waistband of his pants. Rogers was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police originally called the shooting a homicide, but less than an hour later called it a death investigation and possible suicide.

Brown was already in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility when the new charges were filed. Brown, who prosecutors previously identified as a member of the Bemis Boys street gang, has prior convictions for drugs and weapons offenses.

Cavari Brown
A Feb. 7, 2016 mug shot of Cavari Brown. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

He was released from prison in June after spending two years behind bars on a felony firearm conviction.

Brown is being held without bond, according to a Friday news release from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

He is expected back in court for a preliminary exam on March 28.