In 31st District Court Wednesday, Tristan Cash testified he gave a ride to Miguel Rodriguez on the night two Hamtramck women were abducted from in front of their home.
Rodriguez asked Cash to drive him to a Kmart and said he came out with something with two wooden handles. He then drove him to a gas station, where he said Rodriguez got a gas can and filled it.
Rodriguez, 24, and four other men, cousins Jeremy Brown, 19, and Reginald Brown, 24, Brandon Cain, 26, and Brian Lee, 25, were later charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 22.
Abreeya Brown, no relation to the defendants, and Conaway were thrown into the trunk of a vehicle by two men who exchanged gunfire with Brown’s stepfather. A vehicle was found burning the next morning with identification of one of the women in it.
Cash testified he knew all the defendants except for Lee.
Cash said he drove Rodriguez to a house on Riverdale or Riverview several times that night and said he saw Cain, Reginald Brown and a man he didn’t know.
The women’s bodies were found in a shallow grave off West Riverdale on March 25.
Cash said before he ever talked to police, the Brown cousins showed up at his house one night.
“Somebody’s snitching,” Cash said Reginald Brown told him. “I think it’s you.”
Prosecutors expect to call eight more witnesses in the preliminary exam.