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Second suspect in fatal shooting of Nunica man arrested in Ohio

WZZM-TV • Apr 20, 2016 at 7:02 PM

MUSKEGON — Ohio police arrested Jaylan Deshawn Traviss on Wednesday morning in connection to the shooting death of Charles Cuti earlier this month in Muskegon, according to the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office.

Police announced they were looking for Traviss, 20, shortly after Cuti was shot in the parking lot of Sam's Drink All on Getty Street on April 2.

Muskegon police said the 23-year-old Nunica man was with his uncle and cousin when they pulled into the parking lot of the liquor store shortly before 11 p.m. Charles Cuti, who grew up in Grand Haven, got out of their vehicle and went to another car to talk to the occupants a couple of times before being shot. He died that night.

Traviss was arrested in Cincinnati and will be brought back to Muskegon to face open murder and robbery charges.

Corey Nathaniel Burt Jr., 22, was arrested a day after the shooting on several outstanding warrants. He appeared in Muskegon County District Court on Wednesday for a probable-cause hearing on open murder and robbery charges.

Police believe just hours before the murder, Burt and Traviss robbed a man in Muskegon Heights, and among other possessions took that man's cellphone.

"They decided they would contact Mr. Cuti using the previous victim's cellphone," Muskegon police Detective Kory Luker testified at Wednesday’s hearing.

Luker told the judge that Burt and Traviss arranged to buy drugs from Cuti outside Sam's Drink All. The detective said Burt confessed to that plan.

However, police believe Burt and Traviss had more significant intentions in the works.

"(Burt) initially thought they were going to go and purchase the drugs, and then he knew that there was something else that Jaylan had planned," Luker said.

Detectives believe Burt had, at the very least, knowledge that a robbery would take place. Prosecutors said Burt was the one who drove to the store that night. Traviss is the person accused of shooting Cuti.

The judge ruled Wednesday that there is probable cause that Burt participated in the murder and armed robbery, and ordered him bound over for trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

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