Two Charged in O'Reilly Auto Parts Store Homicide
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Shawnta Sharee Anderson, 23 (DOB: 05/29/1994), and Leviticus Vinson Butler, 38, (DOB: 11/09/1978), both of Detroit, in connection with the homicide of the O'Reilly Auto Parts store manager, James Haller, 69, of Detroit.
Allegations Against Anderson and Butler
On November 1, 2017, at approximately 5:25 p.m., at an O'Reilly Auto Parts Store in the 16800 block of Schaefer in Detroit, Mr. Haller was in a back area of the store. A male and a female, employed as cashiers, were behind a counter assisting a customer in the front of the store. Defendant Anderson walked in and pointed a handgun at the male employee and ordered him on to the floor. Anderson walked around the counter to the cash register, pointed the gun at the female cashier and ordered her to open the register. As Anderson walked from behind the counter, Mr. Haller came from the back of the store and said, "Hey!" and she fired a single shot, striking him in the head. Anderson fled from the scene in an SUV. Detroit police and medics arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting and transported Mr. Haller to a local hospital for treatment. Approximately two hours later on the same day, Mr. Haller was pronounced dead.
It is alleged that after Anderson fled the scene, Butler acted as an accessory after the fact by assisting Anderson in an effort to help her escape the police. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrests of Anderson and Butler. The case remains under investigation by the Detroit Police Department.
Charges and Arraignment Information for Anderson and Butler
Anderson is charged with one count of Felony Murder, a felony carrying a penalty of Life in Prison without Parole., two counts of Armed Robbery a felony with a maximum penalty of Life in Prison, and three counts of Felony Firearm, a felony with a two year consecutive penalty.* Butler is charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years.*
Both defendants were arraigned today in 36th District Court at 2:30 p.m. Anderson was remanded to jail. Butler received a $500,000 cash bond with a provision for a tether if he is able to post bond. Both defendants will have their probable cause conferences on November 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and their preliminary examinations on November 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Lewis-Langston in 36th District Court.
Statement of Prosecutor Worthy
"By all accounts Mr. Haller was a valued ex-Marine, employee, police reservist, husband, and father. His death is heartbreaking. We will vigorously prosecute this case and do our very best to bring justice to Mr. Haller and his family."
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.