White man seeks forgiveness in attack on Black family's home

Posted 10/1/20

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness …

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White man seeks forgiveness in attack on Black family's home

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday.

Michael Frederick Jr. made the remarks after being given a moment to speak about bond. He was appearing by video in Warren District Court for arraignment on .

Frederick told Judge Michael Chupa that he wanted Eddie and Candace Hall to forgive him and that he acted out-of-character.

“This wasn't about the color of anyone's skin,” he added.

Chupa told him a couple of times not to discuss the case. The judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Frederick for each count and set his bond at $200,000. Frederick requested a court-appointed lawyer.

A court conference was set for Oct. 13 and Frederick’s preliminary examination is scheduled for Oct. 20.

On Sept. 7, at the Halls' home in Warren. Two days later, someone painted a swastika on one of their vehicles, slashed the tires and threw a large stone through their front window. Outside, they discovered the swastika and found that someone had written “terrorist Black Lives Matter,” “not welcome” and a phrase containing an expletive on their pickup truck.

The following day, someone fired a bullet through the Halls’ front window and police found six shell casings outside the house.

A neighbor’s home surveillance video showed a masked and hooded man carrying what appears to be a handgun outside the Halls' home. Frederick, who lives in the Halls' neighborhood, was arrested Tuesday and confessed, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told reporters Wednesday.

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