Michigan Man Faces 20 State Charges for Kidnapping and Murder of Ex-Girlfriend’s 2-Year-Old Daughter
On Friday, officials announced that Rashad Trice, a 26-year-old man from Michigan, is facing nearly two dozen state charges related to a “horrific and brutal crime” involving his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter.
The incident occurred on July 3 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, where Trice allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and then abducted the child in the woman’s car from her Lansing apartment.
An amber warning was issued for the missing girl, Wynter Cole-Smith, but tragically, she was found dead in a Detroit alley on July 5.
Initially, Trice faced charges in three different counties, but the Michigan Attorney General’s office decided to consolidate all the state charges into a single trial to strengthen the case against him.
The charges include first-degree murder and murder, both of which carry a mandatory life sentence without parole upon conviction.
Apart from murder charges, Trice is accused of assault with intent to kill, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sex act, domestic trespass, and other offenses.
Additional charges are related to his alleged theft of a vehicle and an attempt to disarm a peace officer during his arrest in St. Clair Shores.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stated that the charges reflect a series of horrific crimes spanning from Lansing to Detroit to St. Clair Shores.
The state prosecutors aim to prioritize victim-centered prosecution, respecting the tragic experiences of the surviving victims and the family of Wynter Cole-Smith.
Trice is currently held at the Newaygo County Jail, and he is also facing federal charges in connection to the case. His next federal trial is scheduled for August 7.
According to the federal complaint, Trice had a violent argument with his ex-girlfriend over money, which escalated into a stabbing and sexual assault.
The mother fled to her mother’s apartment, leaving behind the 1-year-old boy she shares with Trice and Wynter, but Trice and Wynter were missing.
After an intense three-day search, Wynter was found deceased, and federal prosecutors believe she was strangled to death.
Trice faces federal charges of minor abduction and abduction resulting in death, the latter carrying a mandatory life sentence or possibly the death penalty if convicted.