May 22, 2019

US lottery winner kills Aussie over rent money

Freddie Young - a lottery winner who chose to murder a good man.

Freddie Young, a lottery winner from Detroit is looking at life in prison for killing Australian property developer Greg McNicol over a few hundred dollars in rent.

Young won a $1.8 million share of a $US93 million jackpot in the US Mega Millions lottery on 4th February. He was part of a 13-person syndicate that had one of two winning tickets.

Despite wining all that money, Freddie Young allegedly shot Mr McNicol with a Colt .45 pistol during an argument over rent money that Young’s daughter owed.

“It didn’t make any sense,” Lieutenant Dwane Blackmon, commanding officer of the Detroit Police Department’s homicide division, said.

“I guess he just let his anger take over.”

Young did not have a criminal record, but Lieutenant Blackmon said interviews with family members indicated he had a “violent temper”.

Young was arrested on Friday and during questioning confessed to the killing, Lieutenant Blackmon said.

Greg McNicol, 45, moved to the United States from Victoria about 12 years ago. In February, he bought a rundown 10-unit apartment complex in Detroit.

He was popular with the tennants. They say he worked hard to renovate the building, transforming it from a “rat trap” to a great place to live, with plans to install picnic benches on an adjacent block of land.

On 7th May an argument broke out on the front lawn of the premises on between Young’s daughter, who lived in the building, and Mr McNicol, who threatened to evict her for not paying her rent.

It is alleged Young drove up in a car, pulled out the silver Colt .45 and shot Mr McNicol in the groin, most likely severing a major artery that led to the victim bleeding to death, Lieutenant Blackmon said.

“You wouldn’t think an individual who was pretty much set for his life financially would go over to the apartment complex and do what he did,” Lieutenant Blackmon said.

Young has been charged with first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Detroit’s 36th District Court for a preliminary hearing on 26th May.

Greg McNicol was one of many investors enticed to buy discounted property in Detroit which has suffered high unemployment and a 20 percent drop in population in the last 30 years. Community leaders fear his death will turn new investors away.

“By all accounts he was a landlord hoping to have a positive impact in the community,” Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

It is reported that Mr McNicol’s Brazilian-born wife Katie has vowed to continue the work her husband began at the apartment complex.

Newswarped hopes that Katie gets all the support she needs to carry on. Anyone doing a good thing in a needy community deserves to succeed.

Freddie Young’s daughter needs her butt kicked big time for calling her dad and getting him to come over and sort Greg McNicol out.


  1. Why would a man shoot another man in the groin?

  2. Bill Jones says:

    Looks like the money and power went to his head and thought he could do what he wanted…typical low life uneducated actions!…hope is grand daughter realizes she put her grandfather in jail and had an innocent stand up man killed…but she is obviously not that clever either so I doubt it!!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bill. You are right money and brains do not always go hand in hand. Especially easy money.

  3. jae-shaun says:

    he gonna get life that was an senseless death….i mean come om now u jus hit thee lottery u can buy an apartment complex wit that money,if shes not paying her rent her shudda stayd home wit u and ya wife.this doesnt shockd me thou frm this guy fred bcuz i ALWAYS thought he was Crazii anyway.