Detroit Man Charged in Fatal Beating of Berkeley Man

DETROIT, MI – Lawrence James Davis, 23-years-old, of Detroit, has been charged in connection with the fatal beating of Tyler Jordan Wingate, 24-years-old, of Berkeley.

On Monday July 22nd, 2019, sometime after 1:00 a.m., Tyler Wingate and his passenger were driving northbound on Livernois Avenue when they crashed into another vehicle. Wingate and the passenger exited the vehicle and walked into the gas station parking lot. It is alleged that Lawrence Davis, struck the victim in the head and, after the victim fell, continued to strike him and kick him. Davis then fled the scene on foot.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on the same day, Detroit police officers were dispatched to the area of West Davison and Livernois Avenue in response to a call about a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers observed Mr. Wingate lying on the ground unresponsive in the parking lot of a gas station located in the 13500 block of Livernois. The officers also observed two vehicles nearby with apparent accident damage.

Medics arrived on the scene, and transported Tyler Wingate to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. An investigation by the Detroit Police resulted in the identification of the Davis. More complete facts and evidence in the case will be presented at the preliminary examination.

Lawrence Davis has been charged with Open Murder. Because the defendant is currently at large and has not been located, an update will be published when Davis is in custody. If the defendant’s whereabouts are unknown, or if the defendant has left the State of Michigan, they can still be charged with a crime if the prosecuting attorney believes there is enough evidence to do so.

FOX2 Detroit found that Davis had no driver’s license and should have never been behind the wheel of the vehicle that he was driving.  He has multiple suspensions on his drivers license and did not even own the car that he was operating. The Chevy Impala he had been driving was not registered to him.

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