Condom price at gas station leads to murder charge

A Detroit gas-station clerk stepped from behind protective glass and fatally shot a customer in the back during a dispute over the price of condoms, authorities said Tuesday in announcing a first-degree murder charge.
AP Wire
Mar 14, 2012


Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said video from a surveillance camera will be part of the evidence, although she declined to describe the footage.

“The evidence in this case, by all accounts, illustrates how a seemingly random argument can escalate into needless loss of life,” Worthy said.

Michael Haynes, 24, was shot early Saturday after knocking over several shelves of merchandise in the gas station, following an argument over the price of condoms, the prosecutor said.

Ibrahim Saleh, 23, entered the merchandise area and shot Haynes as he was leaving the business, Worthy said. Saleh also is charged with a gun crime.

Saleh’s first court appearance was scheduled for today.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said he hopes the quick filing of charges will cure any “ill will on the streets.”

At a separate news conference, Haynes’ family was deeply upset over his death.

“My son was 24 years old. He was my only child. ... I’m going to get justice for my baby,” said his mother, Rada Haynes.

Friends have suggested that Haynes may not have been immediately treated at Sinai-Grace Hospital because of a dispute between hospital staff and people who took him there. Spokeswoman Tina Taylor denied the allegation.

“The car was directed to take the patient to our trauma entrance. The trauma team was waiting at the door for the patient, who was seen immediately. The patient arrived with no pulse,” Taylor told The Detroit News.


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