Family of mutilated woman found in burned minivan face suspects

Last month, on Detroit's west, a 20-year-old woman was found brutally murdered. Her body was mutilated and then the car she was in, set on fire. On Friday, the two men charged with the horrific crime were in court to face her family. 

The details are ones the mother and father of 20-year-old Rhonda Davis can't bear to hear, especially when the ex-girlfriend of Brandon Curtis Williams, one of the suspect's testified.

"I heard the girl this girl screaming and she was like 'oh please stop! Please stop," she testified.

Her parents left the Detroit courtroom in tears on Friday during the preliminary exam. 

Davis's body was found last month with her limbs removed. Her body also shot and burned inside torched her silver van at the corner of Kendall and Westbrook. Davis's then-boyfriend, 22-year-old Anthony Williams who Davis's mother says was abusive, is charged with five counts including open murder, mutilation, and witness intimidation. 

The other suspect, 50-year-old Dwain Modley, is charged with three counts including accessory after the fact. Williams' brother's ex-girlfriend known as Taye says she witnessed the shooting.

"I told my daddy because I didn't know what to do. I was already feeling bad because I know what happened to this girl," she said.

Taye also testified that she overheard Williams and Modley trying to move Davis's body. 

Officer Michael Russell made the arrest. He says Modley was seen buying gasoline before the fire and read a statement in court that he said Modley gave when he was arrested.

"I stayed in my car. I heard a 'poof' and the van was on fire. Ant got back in my car. I dropped Ant off at home and I went to work," Russell said.

The defense argues that Modley's statement was paraphrased and that Taye was high and only heard the shots but didn't actually see who killed Davis. 

Taye testified she couldn't see all the people in the house and know every aspect but Taye says she saw Williams with the gun and knows his voice.

The preliminary exam will continue on Monday.

Detroit police say they're still trying to track down Brandon Curtis Williams. The 20-year-old was named as a third suspect last month but police have not yet tracked him down.
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