Prisoner accused of killing cellmate on trial in Alger Co.

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MUNISING – The Alger Correctional Facility inmate is accused of killing his cellmate in July, 2017.

A 12 member jury – with two alternates – was seated Monday. Testimony continues today Alger County Circuit Court in the case against DeShawn Madden with two corrections officers on the witness stand today.

He is charged with First Degree Homicide and Habitual Offender in the July 20, 2017 death of 23-year-old Rodriguez Montez Burks. 

Prison officials say Burks was killed inside the cell the two men shared.  A spokesman with the Michigan Department of Corrections says the Burks was found dead around 2 p.m.that afternoon.

DeShawn Madden was placed in isolation after the incident.  

Madden was in prison after being sentenced March 23, 2015 to 16 to 30 years on three counts from August, 2014 in Wayne County for Car Jacking, Assault with Intent to Commit Murder and Armed Robbery. 

Burks was in prison after being sentenced in November, 2016  to 2-10 years in prison on the following charges in Livingston County:

  • Offense: Police Officer – Fleeing – Third Degree – Vehicle Code
  • Offense: Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing – Motor Vehicle 

At a pre-trial hearing December 17, 2017, Thomas Mohrman, Hearing Officer at the Marquette Branch Prison, said, “Something had happened, because he (Madden) said it was a fight, and then he choked him, and that he fell and leaked blood.”

He went on to quote Madden in saying, “And then I shook him 2 times, I wrapped him in blankets to keep the blood away. I hollered out of the cell for them to call my people to tell them I think I killed my bunkie. I regret that.”

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