Two Charged in O’Reilly Auto Parts Store Murder

DETROIT, MI – Shawnta S. Anderson, 23-years-old, and Leviticus V. Butler, 38-years-old,both of Detroit, have been formally charged in connection with the murder of the O’Reilly Auto Parts store manager, James Haller, 69-years-old, also of Detroit.

On Wednesday November 1st, 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. Shawnta 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, James 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, James  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.

The investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrests of Anderson and Butler. The case remains under investigation by DPD.

Shawnta 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.

Leviticus 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 preliminary examinations on November 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Statement from Prosecutor Kym 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.”

Another suspect that the Detroit Police Department is looking for is Eboni Monae Mcewen-Ross, 28-years-old, of Detroit. She has yet to be taken into custody. It is believed that Eboni Ross was the driver of the get away vehicle.

If anyone has seen this individual or knows of her whereabouts, they are asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. There is a reward of up to $12,000 being offered. $10,000 of the reward is coming from O’Reilly.

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