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Detroit man charged with murder of Bloomfield Hills resident

By: Brendan Losinski | C&G Newspapers | Published March 13, 2020

Jimmy Jermaine Pickett

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DETROIT — A suspect has been charged in the murder of Bashar Kallabat, a 56-year-old resident of Bloomfield Hills.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged 24-year-old Detroit resident Jimmy Jermaine Pickett in connection to Kallabat’s death. At 10:31 p.m. Feb. 11, Detroit police officers were dispatched to a motel in the 14700 block of East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. The Prosecutor’s Office said that when the officers arrived, they discovered Kallabat dead from blunt force trauma to the head.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy alleges that Pickett entered Kallabat’s hotel room, killed him, took Kallabat’s personal property and left the motel. The case remains under investigation.

Pickett has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, which carries a penalty of life in prison without parole. A probable cause conference took place Feb. 28, and a preliminary examination took place March 6. An arraignment on information was scheduled for 9 a.m. March 12 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office stated that Jaimie Powell Horowitz, of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving crimes against members of the LGBTQ community, will be prosecuting the case. However, the office would neither confirm nor deny whether the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Pickett’s attorney, Craig Tank, said the circumstances of the crime do not match up with the allegations leveled against his client.

“It’s the allegation of the Wayne County prosecutor and the police that this was a robbery that resulted in a murder,” said Tank. “It’s particularly insightful that Mr. Pickett left the hotel in question on a bus. In this robbery he supposedly committed, he left all kinds of cocaine behind as well as a Range Rover belonging to the victim, which he could have taken the keys to, but he took the bus. I think you can draw some very interesting inferences from this.”

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