Two suspects in the fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student say they had no intention of killing the victim when they broke into his apartment.
Shaquille Jones, 21, and Joei Jordan, 20, have been charged with the July 24 murder of 25-year-old Paul DeWolf, reports the Detroit Free Press.
DeWolf was asleep when the sound of the door opening to his basement room in the Phi Rho Sigma house startled him. Soon after he came face to face with three intruders, and one of them pointed a gun at him. That man tried to hit DeWolf with the weapon, but it went off instead, killing DeWolf.
DeWolf’s body was found by other medical students the next day shortly after 11 a.m. They had grown concerned when he didn’t show up for his work shift at the hospital.
The two suspects were arrested early last month in South Carolina.
Police were able to use a stolen laptop from another burglary next door to the frat house DeWolf lived in to track down Jones and Jordan.
On July 25, the day after DeWolf’s body was found, Jordan sold the stolen Mac Air laptop for $200. The laptop’s original owner, a student, had installed the “Find My Mac” application in which Apple would contact her if the computer connected to the Internet, according to court documents.
Apple was alerted on Oct. 3 that the stolen computer was turned on and police were able to locate the man who bought the laptop from Jordan.
“I knew it was something more than a stolen laptop since Ann Arbor police came all the way here,” the man, who asked not to be identified, told the Free Press.
Joshua DeWolf, Paul’s brother, told Ann Arbor News “his life came to an end in his prime,” and was excited to begin a military career after graduation next year.
The university released a statement that described DeWolf as the “epitome of everything great in the field of medicine.”