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January 8, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/08/2013

Ex-con charged with murdering daughter

LANSING — Lansing police say a 37-year-old ex-convict has been arrested on murder and abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Police say they arrested John H. Sanders of Lansing on an open murder charge, as well as charges of first-degree child abuse and being a habitual offender.

Police say detectives went to a hospital Friday afternoon after getting a report that a baby was being treated for serious internal injuries. Janayjah Sanders was pronounced dead Friday night.

Aide says he passed cash to Kilpatrick

DETROIT — A high-ranking aide to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told jurors Monday that he picked up thousands of dollars in bribes for his boss from a contractor at the city's convention center where both men had broad powers over operations.

Derrick Miller, who was Detroit's chief administrative officer, said he collected thousands of dollars "once or twice," typically in stacks of hundred-dollar bills, for Kilpatrick, whom he has known since high school. Miller said he also took his own payoffs from Karl Kado, who held contracts at Cobo Center during Kilpatrick's nearly seven years in office.

"I picked it up from Kado, took it to (Kilpatrick). ... I didn't count it but it was a lot of money. Five (thousand) to 10,000," said Miller, whose testimony matched what Kado said earlier in the trial.

Miller's testimony is important for prosecutors trying to prove that Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and pal Bobby Ferguson spent years rigging contracts and taking payoffs. Miller was a defendant in the case until 2011, when he pleaded guilty to taking bribes and committing tax crimes and agreed to help the government.

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