Four scheduled for arraignment in death

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN–Four Detroit residents accused of killing a local man were scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 7 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The arraignment was scheduled after press time Friday.

The preliminary exam for Charles Jackson, 26; Zelda Taylor, 28; Iashia Knox, 28; and Kristen Holmes, 28, took place Aug. 28 and Aug. 31 after they were arrested July 20 in connection with the death of 45-year-old Hassan Jaber.

Nineteenth District Court Judge Mark Somers presided over the case.

Police believe Jaber died on July 12 in east Dearborn at his house in the 6200 block of Williamson; he was found dead on July 15.

The defendants were arraigned July 23 on charges of felony murder, punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, both punishable by up to life in prison.

They are being held at the Wayne County Jail without bond.

Testimonies came from police officers, family members and others like Taylor’s cousin, Osie Taylor, who testified on Aug. 28 that Zelda Taylor called him on his cellphone at 3:42 p.m. July 17 when he was preparing to leave for work and she told him that she killed Jaber.

Osie Taylor said he told his boss what his cousin said.

Another witness, Ebony Collins, a cousin of Knox and Holmes, said she, Knox, Holmes and Zelda Taylor were at Knox’s house on July 11. Everyone was drinking alcohol except for Collins, who said she babysat Zelda Taylor and Charles Jackson’s son. They drove in two cars to Zelda Taylor and Jackson’s house and the four defendants planned to go out and get more liquor and Collins let them use her vehicle while she babysat.

Collins said before they left she had taken the baby from the living room to the kitchen and there she allegedly overheard a conversation between Zelda Taylor and Jackson, with Taylor saying she and Knox could head to Jaber’s house and have three-way sex for money..

She testified that Jackson said he could enter through a side door, accuse Jaber of having an affair with Taylor, pretending she was his wife, knock Jaber unconscious, tie him down and rob him.

Zelda Taylor said she knew Jaber kept money in his kitchen, Collins alleged in her testimony.

Police believe Jaber was killed with a tree branch..