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Lottery winner faces murder trial in Detroit landlord's death

May 27, 2011, 2:12 pm

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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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17 comments. Last comment 9 years ago by sully16.
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hialeah, fl
United States
Member #78749
August 20, 2009
3 Posts

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

    Republic of Texas
    United States
    Member #57555
    January 9, 2008
    1095 Posts

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



      Hermanus104's avatar - 5027340606 1e360c8038_s.jpg
      Bearflag Republic, Los Angeles Division
      United States
      Member #83347
      December 5, 2009
      1425 Posts

      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
        Holt MI
        United States
        Member #2244
        September 4, 2003
        69 Posts

        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.

          HaveABall's avatar - rocket

          United States
          Member #72446
          March 18, 2009
          1307 Posts

          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 several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


            North Carolina
            United States
            Member #64837
            September 9, 2008
            1135 Posts

            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.

            "All great achievements require time."

            -Maya Angelou-

              OwlCreekBridge's avatar - Lottery-031.jpg
              United States
              Member #95470
              August 11, 2010
              132 Posts

              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
                Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
                United States
                Member #73902
                April 28, 2009
                14903 Posts

                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"

                                                                                                            --Edmund Burke



                  TRUEBELIEVER's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
                  OXFORD NC
                  United States
                  Member #105032
                  January 24, 2011
                  40 Posts

                  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
                    United States
                    Member #81738
                    October 28, 2009
                    76035 Posts

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

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                      dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
                      United States
                      Member #82389
                      November 12, 2009
                      6371 Posts

                      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
                        Mid Atlantic States
                        United States
                        Member #60041
                        April 3, 2008
                        1428 Posts

                        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!"

                          OldSchoolPa's avatar - Lottery-057.jpg
                          Gurnee, Illinois
                          United States
                          Member #49729
                          February 12, 2007
                          951 Posts

                          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 one  MIRACLE I desire for 2019!!!  NOW come to my subconscious mind you 6 winning numbers!US Flag

                            TheGameGrl's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
                            A long and winding road
                            United States
                            Member #17083
                            June 10, 2005
                            6485 Posts

                            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..