MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized charges against a second suspect tied to the shooting death of Peggy Sue Everett in Muskegon Heights last week.
Martel Deshawn Love, 17, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with evidence, but not with homicide.
Prosecutors allege Love was one of several people in a crowd targeted for an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Everett. Love is accused of discarding a firearm linked to the homicide, though it’s unclear still at this point in the investigation who’s responsible for firing the weapon that ultimately killed Everett.
The charges against Love come one day after Ishmail James Autman, 23, was charged with open murder in the case. Prosecutors say Autman was a passenger in the minivan Everett was driving, accused of opening fire on a group of people, leading to a shootout and Everett’s death.
Detectives say in a written arrest affidavit that statements from witnesses and other evidence show Autman was “masked up” at the time of the shooting, carrying a gun with the intent to rob individuals in Muskegon Heights.
Detectives say Autman did attempt to rob individuals in the area of 8th Street and Columbia the night of the deadly shooting, leading to one of the suspected targets opening fire. One of the bullets fired in the shootout struck Peggy Sue Everett in the back of the head according to court documents, ultimately killing her.
Prosecutor’s have called Autman the ‘catalyst’ of the events leading to the homicide, leading to the open murder charge.
Everett, 36, worked as a school bus driver. She was shot just before 6:00 p.m. on June 30th in the 2700 block of Eighth Street. She later died in an area hospital.