Wayne County - Wayne County jurors took only 30 minutes to convict suspected serial killer Shelly Brooks of first-degree murder today, his second conviction in eight days.
Brooks, 38, of Detroit was convicted in the bludgeoning death of Rhonda Myles, who was found bludgeoned to death in an abandoned building on Detroit's east side in April 2002. A sentencing date has not been set.
Last week, he was convicted in the beating death of Pamela Greer. He will be sentenced March 22 in the Greer case.
“Two life sentences already, no parole, he's not getting out,” said Detroit Police Office Mike Carlisle, a homicide investigator who worked the serial killings. “Once again, we got a conviction against a serial killer.”
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran said DNA evidence and a confession from Brooks gave prosecutors a strong case.
“That's one of the quickest verdicts I've ever had,” said Moran, who has been prosecuting for 13 years.
Brooks is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of five other prostitutes and the rape of a surviving woman.
“We'll probably come back and make a decision on which other cases to try after he's been sentenced,” Moran said.
The woman testified that on June 26, she and Brooks had sex and smoked crack cocaine inside an abandoned garage, then went to an abandoned house to smoke more crack. She said Brooks then sexually assaulted her and struck her with a brick.
BY BEN SCHMITT, DET. FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER