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Michigan suspect blames ‘demonic control’ after allegedly killing girl on beach


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Michigan prosecutors say a 23-year-old driver told police he was under demonic control when he allegedly killed a girl and seriously injured another over Memorial Day weekend.

“Even being under like ‘demonic control’ and that was the word he used, and having demonic thoughts at the time,” the prosecutor said. “These are very disturbing facts that point to someone who is a danger to the community.”

Ghadir Saleh and his family were recent immigrants from war-torn Yemen and this was their first trip to Belle Isle Beach, Michigan, on Memorial Day.

Police say Alexander Armond Smith was driving on Belle Isle when he veered off the road and onto the beach, knocking down two walking girls. Afterwards, Smith walked away from the accident, but the police quickly intercepted him.

Both girls were rushed to hospital in critical condition. Ghadir Saleh died from her injuries, but her 14-year-old sister was brought to a stable condition in hospital.

Smith was charged with homicide, failing to stop at the scene of the accident when at fault, reckless driving and leaving the scene of the incident. Police added that there may be further charges in the future as the investigation is ongoing.

Smith’s driving record showed that his license was restricted at the time of the incident, stipulating that he should only drive in certain places such as work, home, treatment or support groups.

Secretary of State records show Smith was convicted of DWI from March 2022. Smith also admitted to having had more than one bottle of wine when the incident occurred.

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Prosecutors say Smith told them he was under demonic control or having demonic thoughts when he hit the Saleh sisters.

“Can I please explain,” Smith said during the hearing.

FOX2 Detroit reported that Smith spoke several times during the proceedings, however, the judge ruled he was sent back to jail, meaning he received no bond.

“While I understand from the investigator’s report that the mother said there were no mental health issues, and the counselor understands there were no issues diagnosed with mental health, (but) this investigator’s report raises a lot of concerns,” the judge said. .

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Defense attorney Brandon Kizy said Smith had the support of his father and family while living with his mother.

“The public is protected, they are not an active threat to society, your honor,” Kizy said. “And also, he’s not a very dangerous person, he doesn’t have an aggressive nature or anything like that.”

“We believe he is absolutely a danger to the community,” prosecutors argued.

On Friday, a few hundred people gathered at Lowery Middle School in Dearborn, Michigan, to remember Ghadir Saleh.

Although she was a member of the community for a few months, Ghadir, whose family recently immigrated from war-torn Yemen, had a lasting impact on her classmates and teachers.

“Such a tragic event, we have to support the family and we have to show how much we care,” a school teacher told Fox 2. arrivals are reserved, are She was very happy to be here.

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Ghadir dreamed of becoming a lawyer one day.

Smith will remain in jail until his next court date on June 14. He has to attend a probable cause conference. A preliminary examination is scheduled for June 21.


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