Detroit woman murdered days before scheduled court appearance - KMSP-TV

Detroit woman murdered days before scheduled appearance to testify in court

Posted: Updated:
An undated photo of Tannisha Blow An undated photo of Tannisha Blow
(WJBK) -

Tannisha Blow was set to testify in a court case, but her family is convinced she was murdered days before to keep her from testifying. Her family gathered in her honor Wednesday, the day she would have celebrated her 38th birthday.

Tannisha was last seen alive on November 16. She headed home around 3 a.m. Police sources say she was just steps away from her front door when she was killed.

"Someone apparently was waiting for her and they killed my sister." The family members of the victim did not want to be identified.

A witness says he was awakened when it happened. "He said he heard a whistle and then he heard two shots," a family member tells Fox 2's Andrea Isom. Tannisha was shot in the back of the head.

The family believes it was a set up.

Tannisha's family tells us she was raped and beaten in 2011. Court documents accuse Samuel Smalley of the crimes. The family says he was let out of jail on a tether, a decision they were "let down" by.

"People have been approaching her, trying to pay her to get her to drop the case and just to walk away and not press charges. But my sister did not want to take the money because she wanted his prosecuted him for what he did to her."

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Tannisha's family in a report from Fox 2's Andrea Isom

Detroit police are investigating the homicide. The Wayne County Prosecutor's say it is still able to proceed with Smalley's trial and a jury trial is set for March 2014.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • WATCH: Fox 2's Rich Luterman take the Ice Bucket Challenge

    WATCH: Fox 2's Rich Luterman take the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:58:51 GMT
    Fox 2 Weather Authority Rich Luterman took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after receiving challenges by a couple friends, including Monica Gayle.Watch Rich take the challenge with the assistance of his children and see who he issues the challenge to.
    Fox 2 Weather Authority Rich Luterman took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after receiving challenges by a couple friends, including Monica Gayle.Watch Rich take the challenge with the assistance of his children and see who he issues the challenge to.
  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:18:46 GMT
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices