A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the shocking 2017 killing of a beloved Michigan singer, police said last week.
The Michigan State Police announced over Twitter on Dec. 31 that Shandon Ray Groom, 28, was arraigned that day in the connection with the 2017 murder of 27-year-old Egypt Covington. The Toledo, Ohio man has been charged with felony murder and first-degree home invasion.
Covington was found shot to death inside her Van Buren Township home in June of 2017, WXYZ in Detroit reported. She had also been tied up with Christmas lights.
The arrest of two other suspects was announced in November. One suspect was later identified as 31-year-old Shane Evans of Sumpter Township, Michigan. He has been hit with the same set of charges as Groom. Timothy Moore, 34, of Toledo, has been charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree home invasion, possessing a firearm as a felon, and four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, the Detroit Free Press reports.
A fourth person had also been arrested, but a name had not been released.
After three years passed with no arrests, Covington's family held a rally in June 2020 asking for the Michigan State Police to take over the investigation, which was previously handled by the Van Buren Township Police Department, Fox 2 Detroit reported. The state police then took over the probe and the arrests soon followed.
Police noted early on in the investigation that they didn’t think Covington's death was a random killing, Detroit News reported in 2017. She was last seen alive the night before her murder at a yoga class, according to the Detroit Free Press, and her boyfriend later discovered her body.
Covington was both a singer and beer distributor account manager who had won the Country Idol competition at Fraser's Pub in Ann Arbor in 2014.
Her brother, D'Wayne Turner, told the Detroit Free Press in November that he feels like the family is inching closer to finding out what happened to her. Since the arrests, he has told the outlet that “we’re just moving like lightning speed and accomplishing things.”
Turner urges anyone with additional information regarding his sister's murder to come forward.
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