1 year after arrest, Egypt Covington's alleged killers await trial

(From L to R: Timothy Eugene Moore, Shane Lamar Evans, Shandon Ray Groom)

On Nov. 5, 2020, Shane Lamar Evans and Timothy Eugene Moore were arrested in connection with the murder of Egypt Covington. The next month, Shandon Ray Groom was taken into custody.

The three men are accused of killing Covington in her Van Buren Township home on June 27. Covington, a 27-year-old singer, had been shot and bound with Christmas lights.

All three men have been charged with murder and were ordered to trial in March after court testimony revealed that the murder happened during an apparently botched home invasion

A final conference hearing has been getting pushed back since June. It is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in front of Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Wanda Evans.

What happened

After Convington's death, it was initially believed that someone she knew had killed her. However, according to the court testimony from March, she wasn't the intended target.

Covington lived in a duplex. Her neighbor was out of town for the Electric Forest music festival.

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According to court testimony, that neighbor sold marijuana. In an interview with investigators, Evans said he did yard maintenance at the duplex and knew no one would be home. 

Egypt Covington

He told police he was with his brother and cousin the night Covington was killed. They wanted weed, so they decided to go steal some from the unoccupied home, according to court testimony.

The men drove to the Van Buren home. Evans told investigators that he pointed at the duplex and told the others which side to break into. 

According to the testimony, he did not want to participate and was not involved beyond pointing out the house. He said he drove by the home and pointed out the correct side to Moore, Groom, and another person were allegedly in a truck behind him. He also claimed that he informed the men which door to go through.

"I put my hand out the window, and I pointed, ‘That’s the right house,’" he said. "‘The right house,’ and I kept going."

Despite this, Moore and Groom apparently entered the wrong side. Covington was inside watching a movie. They allegedly shot her in the head and tied her up with Christmas lights.

"We know that they were in this home for about four or five minutes. While they were in the home, Miss Covington was bound in Christmas lights and they took a cushion off a couch and put it over her head when they shot her in the head," said Victoria Shackelford, the assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County.

The investigation

Van Buren police had been investigating the murder for years, but no arrests were made.

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Covington's family wanted Michigan State Police to handle the investigation and in August 2020, MSP took over the case. Just months later, two suspects were in custody.

According to the March court testimony, Cell phone records and GPS locations placed all three men at the scene of the murder. Prosecutors said the men also stole Covington’s cell phone, which pinged to the same location as their phones before they threw it away.

Moore is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, and first-degree home invasion, as well as four counts of felony firearm. Groom is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, and first-degree home invasion, and three counts of felony firearm. Evans is charged with felony murder and first-degree home invasion.