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Trial begins in Walmart double slaying

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Anthony Holloway (left) and Otis Smith Anthony Holloway (left) and Otis Smith
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The trial is underway in the case of a double homicide outside of a Mid-Michigan Walmart.

Three people are facing charges surrounding the shooting that happened in February that left 31-year-old Joseph Carson and 39-year-old Anthony Hammond dead.

Each suspect faces two counts of murder, as well as a list of other felony charges. They could spend life behind bars if convicted.

The trial began with opening statements and witness testimony on Oct. 16.

Carson and Anthony, both from Flint, were found dead in an SUV outside the Owosso Walmart on Jan. 27.

"Dispatch advised there was a call here at this location. Sergeants from the MSP showed up to investigate, found two individuals deceased in the vehicle,” Lt. Paul Pummill said.

Pummill said it happened about 5:30 p.m.

When police arrived they found the two men dead inside a white Dodge Nitro.

During their investigation, police learned Carson and Hammond made a Craigslist post wanting to sell a quantity of marijuana. Two of the suspects, two brothers from Grand Rapids, agreed to meet with the men at the Walmart parking lot. 

It was there the brothers decided to rob Carson and Hammond. They took the marijuana and shot both men in their vehicle, police said.

On Jan. 29, police announced they arrested the brothers. 

The first, 31-year-old Otis Smith, was taken into custody on Saturday, Jan. 28. The next morning, police executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Stewart Street in Grand Rapids where the second brother, 23-year-old Anthony Holloway, was taken into custody. 

The brothers were arraigned by video on Jan. 21 from the Shiawassee County Jail in Corunna. The Grand Rapids men face charges including felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy.

On Feb. 1 a third person went before a judge in connection with the case.

Erin Mongar of Grand Rapids was arraigned on two counts each of felony murder and armed robbery and single counts of conspiracy to commit arm robbery and a firearms charge.  

Police said the 34-year-old drove the getaway car.

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