Woman found competent for trial in auto store slaying

The alleged trigger woman in the robbery and fatal shooting of a store manager at an O’Reilly store on Detroit’s west side was found competent Monday to stand trial in his murder.

Judge Kenneth King 36th District Court found made the ruling at a hearing to review the mental competency exam for Shawnta Anderson, 23, who is charged with felony murder, armed robbery and weapons violations in connection with the Nov. 1 robbery of an O’Reilly store in the 16800 block of Schaefer on Detroit’s northwest side.

The robbery ended with the fatal shooting of 69-year-old James Haller Jr., a retired Marine who was shot in the head during the robbery.

When Anderson walked from behind the counter, Haller came from the back of the store and said “hey.” Anderson allegedly fired a single shot, striking Haller in the head.

Anderson then fled in an SUV. Police and medics arrived shortly after and transported Haller to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead two hours later.

Anderson is scheduled for a preliminary examination Feb. 7.

Two others have been charged along with Anderson.

Leviticus Butler, 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact and is scheduled to be sentenced March 7. Authorities allege he gave a ride to Anderson and another co-defendant, Eboni McEwen Ross, after the robbery and shooting.

McEwen-Ross, 28, is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 27 on one count of felony murder, which carries a penalty of life in prison without parole, and two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by up to life behind bars.

Authorities allege she took money out of the store’s cash register.


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