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Third man charged in death of singer who was tied up with Christmas lights and shot


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A third suspect has been charged in connection with the 2017 murder of Egypt Covington, who was found in dead and tied up by Christmas lights in Van Buren Township, Michigan, in 2017, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Before she was found bound by Christmas lights, Egypt Covington, 27, was a beloved singer who achieved renown in the university town of Ann Arbor.

The 34th District Court in Romulus, Michigan, arraigned Shandon Groom on Thursday.

Groom was charged in connection with Egypt Covington’s Christmas lights–entangled death.

Shandon Groom, 28, of Toledo, Ohio, was arraigned Thursday in 34th District Court in Romulus in the death of 27-year-old Covington, Michigan State Police 1st  Lt. Michael Shaw said.

Third suspect charged in 2017 death of woman tied up with Christmas tree lights, shot

Timothy Moore, also of Toledo, was previously charged in connection with Egypt Covington’s death and binding by the Christmas lights.

So was Shane Evans, 31, of Sumpter Township, Michigan.

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The two men were arraigned in November and December, 2020, respectively.

According to WDIV in Detroit, Groom was charged with felony murder.

On Dec. 31, the Wayne County Prosecutor charged Shandon Ray Groom, 28, of Toledo, Ohio, with felony murder and first-degree home invasion in connection with the Egypt Covington case.

3rd suspect charged in 2017 murder of Egypt Covington at Van Buren Twp home

There is also a fourth, still-unidentified suspect in the case of Egypt Covington’s Christmas lights murder. That person was arrested but hasn’t been charged, according to the Free Press.

Egypt Covington’s boyfriend found her shot to death and bound by Christmas lights in her home in Van Buren Township on June 23, 2017. 

Local police cultivated a belief that the singer’s killers knew her personally, though police have been tight-lipped on an exact motive.

The Detroit News reported that Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said the Covington case is “still an open investigation.”

“We’re working on it.”

Third suspect charged in 2017 slaying of Van Buren Twp. woman

Evans got slapped with the same charges as Groom in connection with the death of Egypt Covington and the alleged binding of her body with Christmas lights.

In addition to her pursuits as a songstress, Egypt Covington worked as an account manager for a wine and beer importer and distributor. The last time she was seen alive before her Christmas lights–wrapped body was found was June 22, 2017.

All three men charged in connection with her tragic and violent demise are being held in the jail in Wayne County, Michigan without bond, MLive reported.

Groom and Evans are slated for a probable cause conference hearing on January 13.

Moore is scheduled for a preliminary examination Feb. 22.

Moore is scheduled for a preliminary examination Feb. 22.

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