Jackson man charged with fatal shooting over game system on trial

JACKSON, MI — A man accused of shooting someone else while attempting to steal their gaming system, which ultimately led to the victim’s death, is facing trial in the near future.

D’Montae Rowser, 20, was bound by the Jackson County Circuit Court to continue the lawsuit after a preliminary investigation on Sept. 28.

Rowser was convicted by Jackson County District Court Judge Robert Gaecke Jr. tied on six felony counts, including open murder, assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and three counts of felony firearms.

The charges stem from the January 9 shooting of Kenneth Mannor at Southridge Park Apartments in Jackson. According to his death certificate, Mannor died on July 18 from complications from his multiple gunshot wounds. He was 70 years old.

A pre-trial date for Rowser has yet to be scheduled for Circuit Judge Susan Jordan, court officials said. He is currently in the Jackson County Jail.

On the day of the shooting, Jackson Police Department officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at approximately 2 p.m. At the scene, officers found Mannor with gunshot wounds to his hip and leg, police said earlier.

Mannor said he and his son met the suspect in the area to sell him a video game system, police said, adding the suspect — identified as Rowser — then pointed a gun at the victims and attempted to rob them.

Mannor legally carried a handgun and drew his firearm at the suspect, police said, and shots were fired between the two before Rowser fled the area on foot. He was arrested in Jackson on February 3.

Mannor was taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital in critical but stable condition and was later released. He died of complications caused by his injuries about seven months later.

Mannor was a retired district attorney with the state of Michigan, according to his obituary. In his spare time, he enjoyed riding his motorcycles and following his favorite Michigan sports teams.

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