Detroit man enters pleas in Warren killing

Detroit man enters pleas in Warren killing


Dale Hatch, 27, one of two Detroit men charged with killing Marco Dukes, 32, of Warren during a “gun battle” near downtown Warren Nov. 11, 2012, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and will be sentenced in April.

He pleaded guilty before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.

Hatch and Derrick Peete, 23, were both charged in the Dukes murder, which occurred behind an apartment building on Elm Road near several popular restaurants and a church that was holding Sunday services at the time.

At last 40 shot were fired by several people using “big guns,” police said. A cousin of Dukes, Larry A. Smith, 29, was wounded in the gunfire.

The episode, which Mayor Doug Franklin acknowledged was drug related, prompted several community meetings and events in an attempt to curb violence in the city.

Peete is scheduled go to go on trial March 24 on aggravated murder and other charges that could result in a life prison sentence.

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