Cass County man charged with murder in death of 64-year-old Kalamazoo resident

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KALAMAZOO, MI – A 30-year-old Cass County man is being held without bail after being arraigned for murder in public on Monday in Kalamazoo County District Court.

Jordan Pierre Johnson, of Vandalia, is suspected of killing Michael Vines, 64, a Kalamazoo resident, on Thursday, February 25.

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The the shooting happened at 8:10 p.m. that night in the 4500 block of West Main Street, just east of North Drake Road, police said.

Kalamazoo public security officers responded to several reports of gunfire and, moments later, found Vines unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds.

“Preliminary information suggests that the suspect and the victim knew each other, and this is a domestic homicide,” Kalamazoo police said in a statement on Friday (February 26th).

Johnson was arraigned Monday on one count of open air murder and one count of firearms, court records show. He is due back in court on March 9 for a probable causes conference.

The homicide is the city’s second in 2021. The first murder took place Jan. 1 at Fox Ridge Apartments at the age of 21. Tracy Myckal Evans was shot dead. No one was arrested in this incident.

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