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Suspected killer of O’Reilly Auto Parts manager charged with murder

A Detroit woman is accused of fatally shooting the 69-year-old employee of a Detroit auto parts store in the head on Nov. 1 during an attempted robbery.

Shawnta S. Anderson, 23, is charged with the murder of 69-year-old O’Reilly Auto Parts manager James Haller Jr., but her suspected accomplice,¬†¬†Eboni Monae Mcewen-Ross, 28, remains at large.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office also charged¬†Leviticus V. Butler, 38, for allegedly harboring Anderson in his home following the crime. He faces up to five years in prison while Anderson, who is being held on a $500,000 cash bond, faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.

“A male and a female, employed as cashiers, were behind a counter, assisting a customer in the front of the store” when Anderson “walked in and pointed a handgun at the male employee and ordered him on to the floor,” the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says. “Anderson walked around the counter to the cash register, pointed the gun at the female cashier and ordered her to open the register.

“As Anderson walked from behind the counter, Mr. Haller came from the back of the store and said, ‘Hey,’ and she fired a single shot, striking him in the head.”

Anderson and Mcewen-Ross fled with a small amount of cash. Detroit police publicly released their identities and surveillance images, while O’Reilly Auto Parts and Crime Stoppers offered up a $12,500 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects.

“By all accounts Mr. Haller was a valued ex-Marine, employee, police reservist, husband, and father,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. “His death is heartbreaking. “We will vigorously prosecute this case and do our very best to bring justice to Mr. Haller and his family.”

The search for Mcewen-Ross, who may have left the state, continues.

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/11/suspected_killer_of_oreilly_au.html

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