Defense gets $8,000 for computer expert in triple murder case

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 22, 2021

 Nicholas Bahri

Nicholas Bahri

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WARREN — The attorney representing triple murder suspect Nicholas Bahri has been granted a total of $8,000 for a computer expert to help process “dumps” of evidence ahead of a planned Feb. 11 hearing.

Bahri, 37, of West Bloomfield, was arraigned in the 37th District Court in Warren on Oct. 13 on three counts of first-degree and felony murder, various weapons charges, arson, and one count of mutilation and dismemberment of a body.

Police allege “drugs and money” motivated Bahri to kill 31-year-old Tukoyo Moore, who lived in a home on Otis Avenue in Warren. The bodies of Moore’s girlfriend, Isis Rimson, 28, and Moore’s 6-year-old son, Tai’raz Moore, were found in the basement of the home on Oct. 1. Police went there after Tukoyo Moore’s body was found in a burning car in Detroit.

At a press conference last fall, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said an investigation “aided by available technology” led police from Warren and Detroit to Bahri, who was arrested after a search of his home in West Bloomfield on Oct. 9.

“I had different police jurisdictions with different data, and I got huge dumps, and nothing was organized,” defense attorney Randy Rodnick said. “I needed an expert to basically put it all together, filter it all out, separate everything and separate the various databases from the different jurisdictions. All of it was different.”

Requests for funding were granted in two batches from two different district court judges. Judge John Chmura initially granted the defense $3,500 for the work. An additional request of $4,500 was approved by Judge Michael Chupa.  

“When I originally did the motion, I told them it was going to be more than $3,500,” Rodnick said.

Tukoyo Moore was found dead of a gunshot wound inside of a burning rental car at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 1. Detroit Police Department detectives tracked the red Kia Sorrento back to Moore’s address on Otis, near Nine Mile and Dequindre roads, and contacted Warren police when they found the door of the home ajar. That’s when police found the bodies of Tai’raz Moore and Rimson in the basement. Investigators said both suffered gunshot wounds.

The home was reportedly ransacked, but police said drugs, weapons and a large amount of hidden cash were found during a search after the bodies were discovered.

The investigation that followed led police to Bahri’s home on Margate Lane in West Bloomfield, near Middlebelt and Long Lake roads. According to police, Tukoyo Moore was last known to be alive in the driveway at that location. He reportedly arrived in the Kia and left with Bahri shortly before 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Police said the Kia allegedly returned to the home on Otis before 10 p.m. that night and that it left the dead-end street at a high speed about an hour and a half later. Shortly after that, Bahri was allegedly observed on surveillance video buying and filling a gas can from a BP station near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Investigators alleged that Bahri returned to his home in West Bloomfield by cab at 3:45 a.m. and that he later used the internet to search for expensive watches and news reports about burning vehicles in Detroit.

Bahri faces up to life in prison if he’s ordered to stand trial and convicted of first-degree murder.

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