Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Arndola Charles Lewis, 44 (DOB: 9/19/72), of Belleville, in connection with the homicide of Samer Taha Abukaff, 37, of Ypsilanti. On January 29, 2017 at 5:36 p.m., it is alleged that the Van Buren Township Police were called to an apartment in the 48000 block of Denton in Belleville. When they arrived they observed a lifeless body of Mr. Abukaff inside the apartment. It is alleged that the defendant and the victim had an argument and a physical altercation. It is further alleged that, as the victim was leaving the apartment, the defendant walked behind Abukaff and fatally shot him in the head. The defendant was arrested at the scene by the police.
Lewis has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm - Second Offense.*
The defendant was arraigned today in 34th District Court. The probable cause conference is scheduled for February 15, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.; the preliminary exam is scheduled for February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Brian Oakley in 34th District Court. The defendant received a $500,000 cash bond.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.