SAGINAW (WJRT) - (03/07/18) - Five people have been formally charged in Saginaw County District Court in connection to two murders from 2017.
They date back to September and October.
Police with the Major Crimes Unit, made up of Saginaw Police and Michigan State Police, believe Alexander Jones, 40, was involved in both murders.
The first was on Sept. 8 outside of Dom's Food Market on Michigan Avenue near I-675. Willie Dawson was shot and killed in that crime.
Then on Oct. 26 Shlindrill Lewis, a 54-year-old grandmother, was shot and killed as she sat in a car on Capehart in the Sheridan Parks subdivision.
"That was really weighing on the detectives' minds. They were working hard on it. It gets frustrating when we don't get developments that come in, sometimes you just have to wait and information will come in, just like a lot of the other unsolved murders in Saginaw," said Saginaw Police Det. Sgt. Matt Gerow.
Along with Alexander Jones, a judge formally charged Troy McClain and Benjamin Daly in connection to Dawson's murder.
A judge formally charged Alexander Jones, Antonio Moore and Tamaris Jones in connection to Lewis' murder.
Detectives spent months tracking down leads and interviewing witnesses.
"Sometimes these things take time because you know, people are scared, they don't always want to come forward right away, but it weighs on them too and they do eventually come forward and that's when we get the information passed on to us and we take action," Gerow said.