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Lottery winner faces murder trial in Detroit landlord's death

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Witnesses: Father shot Australian in dispute over daughter's rent

DETROIT, Mi. — A Michigan Lottery millionaire was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for first-degree premeditated murder.

Freddie Young, 62, whose 13-member lottery club hit a $46.5 million Mega Millions jackpot in February, was bound over by 36th District Judge Patricia Jefferson on charges related to the May 7 slaying of his daughter's landlord in an alleged dispute over two months' unpaid rent.

Witnesses testified at a preliminary examination that Young shot 45-year-old Australian native Greg McNicol at point-blank range after the man who had been rehabilitating and living in an east side 10-unit apartment building had argued with Young's daughter and a granddaughter before Young shot him.

Young sat in court Thursday with his three-lawyer legal team. He wore a prisoner's uniform and handcuffs.

He had been a member of the P1 Gold Lottery Club, contributing $10 a week for a dozen years before hitting the big winner. The club took the cash option of $29 million, which after taxes could have resulted in even shares of $1.57 million apiece, according to Michigan Lottery officials.

Young kept his U.S. Post Office job in Romulus, and apparently stayed in his run-down home near Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport. A month after striking it rich, he splurged on a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette and a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche luxury pickup, according to Michigan Secretary of State records.

Witnesses said Young pulled up to the apartment complex on the afternoon of May 7 in the Avalanche before confronting McNicol.

"The man said, 'Watch your mouth.' Greg said he wanted them out of my house," tenant Leola Brown testified. "Then he shot him."

McNicol, a naturalized American citizen, moved to Detroit to invest in properties where he lived with the tenants and did many of the renovations himself. He was well-liked by tenants who testified Thursday.

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Posted: May 27, 2011, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

I just have to say what was this guy thinking! All that money he won and he killed someone over petty money. CRAZY!

    Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
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    Posted: May 27, 2011, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

    Where's Fieger? I thought Geoffrey Fieger was in all the Detroit big cases.  Blue Thinking

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      Posted: May 27, 2011, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

      I just have to say what was this guy thinking! All that money he won and he killed someone over petty money. CRAZY!

      Money changes people - often for the worse.

      Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

      In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

        liberal47's avatar - Rowlf
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        Posted: May 27, 2011, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

        Not enough money at stake for Fieger in this one. A fee of 1 million or more might get his attention. Oh yeah, and it's not a slam dunk win for him either.

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          Posted: May 27, 2011, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

          When a tenant cannot pay rent, it is correct procedure for them to ready all their possessions and depart speedily, not to steal via remaining for weeks to months thereafter (it is possible that the landlord needed that money in order to pay off the agreed upon mortgage on the apartment building) ... even if they were informed that their pre-paid security deposit couldn't be used as payment nor refunded upon departure for whatever the myriad of possible reasons! 

          When the daughter told her father of her financially hindered status (either months or days earlier than this shocking display of unintelligence and self control), the father could have simply offered to allow his daughter and granddaughter to stay a few months at his residence (if there was enough room, and if they weren't too outrageous in their behaviors).

          Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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            Posted: May 27, 2011, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

            Money changes no one...it only enhances behavior that's already there and/or behavior that's just below the surface. Now his lawyers will gladly eat up whatever is left of his winnings and then they will dump his case or apply for state funds to represent him when all of the money is gone.

            "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."

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              Posted: May 27, 2011, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

              Money changes people - often for the worse.

              I don't think that is the case with this guy. I've read several news reports with family members and co-workers talking about what a violent temper he had.

                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                Posted: May 27, 2011, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                Sad story all the way around.

                Except for the lawyers, that is.

                They're licking their chops and thinking about all that lottery money they're gonna get.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                  TRUEBELIEVER's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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                  Posted: May 28, 2011, 1:50 am - IP Logged

                  why does it seem all the hot head and idiots win the money for this crime i hope he get life or the death penalty and hope the man he shot family sues hime for wrongful death  and take all his money. and his daughter still get kicked out of apt.

                   

                  im not perfect but im sure i wouldnt shoot a man if my brother or mom and dad were a couple months late on rent when i just won 1.5 million thats crazy

                    sully16's avatar - sharan
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                    Posted: May 28, 2011, 9:00 am - IP Logged

                    Very sad story, Hope the wife files a wrongful death suit.

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                      Posted: May 28, 2011, 10:39 am - IP Logged

                      Very sad story, Hope the wife files a wrongful death suit.

                      I Agree! Very sad indeed Sully.......I sure do hope there is some money left for his wife & daughter after the trial is over.... (the looks on his vulchers I mean attorneys faces erks me)

                        beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
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                        Posted: May 28, 2011, 11:53 am - IP Logged

                        The lawyers will get more than the 2 or 3 months rent his daughter owed......!!! he should of just "cut them a check or given the landlord cash" and been done with it !!!!

                        " I don't have a gambling problem,  I have a problem winning!"

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                          Posted: May 28, 2011, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

                          Sad story all the way around.

                          Except for the lawyers, that is.

                          They're licking their chops and thinking about all that lottery money they're gonna get.

                          Well he did the crime and unless he wants to take his chance with a public defender or defend himself, hiring a lawyer or lawyers to lessen the sentence (I don't see him getting out of this scott free) is what his actions bought him.  And although I usually agree with many of your points, I think the lawyers just lick their chops over any greenbacks they can collect, regardless of its source.  It just so happens that an allegedly hot-headed fool was lucky to be in a lottery pool that won the Mega jackpot and needs help.  I guess winning alot of money cannot cure stupidity.  But let me make it clear...his problem was not that he won the lottery...it is in the poor decisions he made.

                           

                          Now when he ultimately ends up in prison behind bars, he can pull the reverse of Dave Chapelle's parting saying when his show was on Comedy Central, "I'm broke B!TC4!!!"

                          Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                          The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

                            TheGameGrl's avatar - necros
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                            Posted: May 28, 2011, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

                            Would not the daughter also be charged as she was the one that summoned her father to create this drama? She was culpable as well in not deterring this from happening..

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