Gas station clerk denied bond in customer’s death

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The Detroit gas station clerk accused of shooting a customer to death was arraigned Tuesday on murder and weapons charges.

Rami Ali Jaber, 26, of Dearborn Heights, appeared via video from the Detroit Detention Center for the arraignment.

Jaber allegedly shot Derek Leon Roberts, 34, of Detroit after he came from behind a protective area of the gas station, police said. The incident happened at 3:54 p.m. Sunday at the Citgo gas station on West McNichols near the Southfield Freeway.

Roberts approached the counter to buy something when a disturbance occurred between him and Jaber, police said. The clerk allegedly fired a handgun, striking the customer. Jaber was arrested at the scene.

Roberts died as a result of a gunshot to the chest, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled the death a homicide.

Magistrate Millicent Sherman of 36th District Court set a May 29 probable cause conference and a June 5 preliminary hearing for Jaber.

The suspect’s attorney asked for bond for his client but Sherman denied the request “given the nature and seriousness of the charges.”

Assistant Wayne County William Lawrence asked the magistrate to deny Jaber bond and told the court there is audio and video footage of the shooting.

Jaber’s attorney, Doraid Elder, said his client has no previous criminal record and is the one who called 911 after the fatal shooting.