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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