Fatal Crash: Ypsilanti Man Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Metro Detroit

Ypsilanti, Michigan – A tragic accident in Canton Township last week has resulted in the death of a 32-year-old Belleville woman, Desiree Jones. Maurice Griffin, a 37-year-old man from Ypsilanti, is facing serious charges in connection with the fatal crash. Griffin has been charged with second-degree murder, operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content level causing death, reckless driving causing death, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing death, and operating while intoxicated, marking his third offense.

During the incident on June 6, Jones was driving a white Chevrolet Malibu along Michigan Avenue near Lilley Road when her vehicle was hit head-on by a red GMC Acadia driven by Griffin. Tragically, Jones succumbed to her injuries at the hospital, while Griffin sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was also hospitalized.

Griffin appeared in 36th District Court for arraignment on Saturday and was granted a $1 million cash bond. As the legal proceedings unfold, he is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on June 21 followed by a preliminary examination on June 28. Police Chief Chad Baugh expressed the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the profound impact on Jones’ family and their lives forever changed by this tragedy.

The charges against Griffin highlight the severity of the incident and its devastating consequences. The loss of a young woman, leaving behind a husband and two young children, underscores the heartbreak and grief experienced by the victim’s family. As the community mourns the loss of Desiree Jones, the legal process will determine the accountability and justice in this heartbreaking case.

While the investigation continues and legal proceedings move forward, the memory of Desiree Jones serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of road safety and responsible driving. The lives forever altered by this tragic event stand as a testament to the need for vigilance and care while behind the wheel. As the community rallies around Jones’ family during this difficult time, the hope for justice and closure remains a guiding light in the face of loss and sorrow.