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Two arrested in Grand Rapids homicide; one already faces trial in another murder case

Two men have been arrested in Grand Rapids – one on open murder charges – in connection with a January shooting death on the city’s north side. (WWMT/MGN Online)

Two men have been arrested in Grand Rapids – one on open murder charges – in connection with a January shooting death on the city’s north side.

Curtis D. Swift Jr., who was 26, died Jan. 19, 2018. Police officers were called to a home on a request of a welfare check when they found Swift unconscious and with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department, in a written statement on the arrests, said Cameron Davon Wright, 26, was charged with open murder and felony firearm in Swift’s death. Both charges carry potential life sentences. Wright is expected to be in the 61st District Court on Tuesday for a preliminary examination.

Wright had already been in jail; he had been arrested Jan. 19, 2018, on murder charges in a 2013 homicide of Andre T. Davis. A trial on that case is expected to take place in September.

A second suspect, Derek Banks, 26, was charged in connection to the Swift murder. Banks pled guilty to purgery for his involvement in the case. On June 14, 2018, he was sentenced to 16 to 80 years in prison by 17th Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock.

The Grand Rapids Police Major Case Team is investigating this case. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the department at 616-456-3400, private message on Facebook, or contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or SilentObserver.org.

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