IMAGE: Denzel Williams Boyd

After being on the run for weeks, 20-year-old Denziel Williams-Boyd, was arrested Thursday night by Michigan State Police.

Boyd is facing first degree murder charges in the death of 19-year-old Martina Martinez, who prosecutors say he killed over ten dollars in gas money on July 13.

“He’s charged with open murder, assault with intent to murder, and weapons violations,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

He says Boyd was meeting up with Martinez and her friend at a bonfire, and then later drove them here, to the Torrey Hills Mobile Home Park in Flint.

“Along the way he asked her for ten dollars for gas money, and she said she didn’t have it,” Leyton said. “And as a result of that when she got out of the vehicle and sat on the steps of her mobile home, he shot her to death.”

Leyton also says one of the bullets grazed Martinez’ friend but says that person is ok and is in protective custody.

As for Boyd, if convicted of first-degree murder, Leyton says he could face life in prison without parole.

But believes there was no reason for this act of violence to ever take place.

“So many senseless acts of violence this year, it’s really frustrating and boggles the mind,” he said. “But like any other criminal defendant he’s innocent until proven guilty, and it’s our burden to come to court and prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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