Argument at Michigan motel ends with woman killed, man accused of murder

argument at michigan motel end with woman dead man charged with murder
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Jul. 23 2021, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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An argument between a couple at a Michigan motel ended with the fatal shooting of a woman and the man has been charged with open murder, police say.

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Around 5:30 a.m. on July 19, officers were called to the Rodeway Inn motel in Madison Heights, Michigan, for a report of a disturbance with people yelling, according to authorities.

Jajuan Darvez West, 21, was living at the motel with his girlfriend, a 29-year-old Detroit woman, officials said.

When police arrived, they found the girlfriend’s body lying on the floor, police said.

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Madison Heights police Lt. Michael Siladke told the Royal Oak Tribune, “They were living at the motel trying to save money. They argued about money.”


Authorities said West had a loaded Glock handgun and the argument escalated.

Siladke said, “He told us he got really angry and fired a couple of shots to scare her. She got hit in the torso five times.”

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Police said they learned the suspect’s identity shortly after they found his girlfriend’s body in the motel room. West was found a short distance away, hiding behind a dumpster at a gas station, Royal Oak Tribune reported.

He was arrested and the gun used in the alleged shooting was recovered, officers said.

West was charged with murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony and he was book into jail, where he is being held without bond, officials said.


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