Heights man charged with killing of Detroit man

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Police Department  Rami Jaber

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Police Department
Rami Jaber

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Rami Jaber, 26, of Dearborn Heights was charged with the death of Detroit resident Derek Roberts, who was shot and killed on May 13.

Jaber was arraigned on the first degree murder and felony firearm charges in front of 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman on May 15.

He was denied bond due to the nature and seriousness of the charges, Sherman said after Jaber’s Attorney Doraid Elder asked for the request.

According to the Wayne County Prosector’s Office, Detroit police were dispatched to the Citgo station at 17804 W. McNichols.

Once at the scene, officers observed first responders who transported Roberts, 34, to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Roberts allegedly approached the gas station counter where Jaber was working as the clerk and made a purchase when a disturbance took place between the pair.

“It is further alleged the defendant fired a handgun, fatally striking the victim,” the prosector’s press release read. “The defendant was arrested at the scene.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Roberts’ cause of death resulted from a gunshot to the chest and ruled his death as a homicide.

Jaber is scheduled to be back in court for a probable cause conference at 8:30 a.m. May 29 and a preliminary examination at 1:30 p.m. June 5 before 36th District Court Judge Lydia Adams.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)