More details emerge on murder at local motel

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 5, 2021


MADISON HEIGHTS — Police recently shed more light on the possible motives behind a man accused of killing a woman at a local motel.  

Jajuan Darvez West, 21, of Detroit, was charged by Oakland County prosecutors July 21 and arraigned the same day before Magistrate Michael Mitchell in Madison Heights 43rd District Court.

He is charged with one count of homicide — open murder, and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

West stands accused of killing a Detroit woman, age 29, at a room inside the Rodeway Inn, located at 32703 Stephenson Highway in Madison Heights.

Officers were called there July 19 around 5:20 a.m. on a report of a noise disturbance, and directed to the room where the noise was heard.

“It was originally described as a loud domestic disturbance, arguing, and a possible fight,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke, in an email. “No gunshots were reported at that time. Police followed normal procedure and responded to check the welfare of the room occupants.”

Upon arriving, they located the deceased victim in the motel room. The victim had sustained five gunshot wounds to the torso.

The alleged suspect was subsequently found hiding behind a dumpster at the Mobil gas station located at 14 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway. He was taken into custody without incident, and a handgun was located nearby.

Further investigations revealed more about the situation.

“The victim and suspect were in a domestic relationship, and were arguing about their relationship and about money prior to the incident,” Siladke said. “Homicides do not happen very often in Madison Heights. Homicides involving individuals not knowing each other are extremely rare.

“This incident was a tragedy, but through the great work of all Madison Heights police officers and detectives, the suspect can now be held accountable for his actions in a court of law,” he added. “The loss of life in this incident is heartbreaking, and on behalf of the MHPD, I extend sympathies to the family and all who knew the victim.”

Paulette Loftin, the attorney for West, could not be reached for comment by press time.