Gas station clerk to be tried in customer's shooting death
A Detroit gas station clerk was ordered Thursday to stand trial for first-degree murder and felony firearm in the fatal shooting of a customer.
Rami Ali Jaber, 26, of Dearborn Heights, will go to trial in connection with the fatal shooting of Derek Leon Roberts, 34, of Detroit.
Police said there was a dispute between Roberts and Jaber before the clerk allegedly came from behind a protective area of the gas station on May 13 and shot Roberts to death.
Jaber waived his preliminary examination Thursday in 36th District Court and is scheduled for an arraignment on information July 5 in Wayne County Circuit Court. The trial date is expected to be set by a judge later.
The shooting happened at the Citgo gas station on West McNichols near the Southfield Freeway.
Roberts reportedly 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 has ruled the death a homicide.
Jaber’s attorney, Doraid Elder, said at his client's district court arraignment last month that Jaber has no previous criminal record and is the one who called 911 after the shooting.
Roberts' family attended the hearing Thursday but declined to comment on the case. Neither Elder nor co-counsel Gerald Evelyn would discuss the charges against Jaber.