Man, 28, ordered tried in death of 8-year-old boy shot through wall of Detroit housing project

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FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son, Jakari, was shot while sleeping inside the family's Detroit home. A preliminary hearing to determine if the case goes to trial is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 for 28-year-old Calvin Mosby and 17-year-old Devaunte Starks who are charged with first-degree murder in Jakari's death. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)


DETROIT — A judge has ordered a 28-year-old man to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his home in a Detroit public housing project.

Authorities say a bullet penetrated a wall at the Brewster Homes on July 30, killing Jakari Pearson. He was about to start fourth grade.

Detroit District Judge Kenneth King ruled Thursday there's enough evidence to try Calvin Mosby for murder. The judge dismissed a first-degree murder charge against 17-year-old Devaunte Starks, ordering him tried instead on concealed weapons, home invasion and accessory charges.

Jakari's mother says she formerly dated Mosby. Samona Cochran testified that she confronted him July 29 about a break-in at her house, and Mosby left her several angry voice messages.

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