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Swartz Creek man convicted of shooting death at nightclub

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – On Tuesday, a jury found a Swartz Creek man guilty in the 2019 shooting death of a 23-year-old Flint woman, according to Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton.

Delano Deshawn Cummings, 33, was convicted of second degree murder, two firearms charges and felon in possession of a firearm for the murder of Shalaycia Miles during a fight at the exterior of a nightclub.

According to testimonies and investigators, Miles had gone out on June 15, 2019, with family and friends to celebrate a family member’s birthday. The night took them to What’s Next, a former nightclub, near the corner of Pasadena Avenue and Clio Road in Flint.

Investigators say that’s when Miles and his group got into a fight with others in the parking lot, which started with punches and ended with guns being drawn and resounding shots. Miles was struck twice in the back and once in the forearm.

After the gunfire stopped, prosecutor David Leyton said Miles’ boyfriend and others took her to Hurley Medical Center, but her boyfriend was going too fast as he took a sharp turn and the vehicle rolled and ejected Miles.

Miles and her boyfriend were eventually taken by a passerby to McLaren Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“What was supposed to be a fun night to celebrate a birthday turned into a horribly tragic and senseless incident that left a young woman dead and will now put another person

behind bars for a very long time,” Leyton said. “While no criminal trial is ever as straightforward as it appears on television, this case presented particularly difficult logistical and witness hurdles for my staff and police to overcome and, I would like to thank all the world for their tenacity in bringing justice to the victim, her family and friends, and our community.

Cummings is expected to be sentenced on April 26.

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