2 Convicted In Shooting Deaths Outside Mid-Michigan Store

Oct 24, 2017

Two men have been convicted of murder in the January shooting deaths of two men outside a mid-Michigan Walmart store. 

Otis Smith Jr. and Anthony Holloway, both of Grand Rapids, were convicted Monday in Shiawassee County Circuit Court in the deaths of 31-year-old Joseph Michael Carson and 39-year-old Anthony Lee Hammond, both of Flint. 

Their bodies were found in a car at the store's parking lot in Caledonia Township. 

Sentencing is scheduled for December.

Authorities say the slayings stemmed from a deal to sell marijuana that was arranged online via Craigslist. 

Attorney for Smith and Holloway argued that the shootings were in self-defense. 

Erin Marie Mongar of Grand Rapids earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against her co-defendants. Police say Morger drove the gateway car.