Prosecutor’s Office declines to authorize charges in cold case

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 4, 2019


FERNDALE — The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to move forward with charges after Ferndale police arrested a suspect in a homicide case from 2010.

On Oct. 31, the Ferndale Police Department arrested a 48-year-old Romulus man in connection with the murder of a store owner, 64-year-old Karim Khamarko, of Southfield, nine years ago.

On Nov. 4, Ferndale Police Chief Vincent Palazzolo stated in a press release that the Prosecutor’s Office had declined to issue an arrest warrant for the suspect.

“Late in the afternoon on Friday, (Nov. 1), we were notified by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office that the case we submitted to them concerning the murder of Ferndale business owner Karim Khamarko did not contain sufficient evidence for them to issue an arrest warrant at this time,” Palazzolo said.

“We appreciate the careful consideration of our Prosecutor’s Office, as they spent hours examining the evidence our detectives brought them. We are ever mindful of the interplay of checks and balances designed into our criminal justice system that seeks to ensure the fair application of due process for those accused of crimes.”

At approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010, authorities were called to the Dollar Club Plus, 2750 Hilton Road in Ferndale. A witness reportedly told police that Khamarko was on the floor having trouble breathing and lying in his own blood.

Officers said they arrived at the Dollar Club Plus to find that Khamarko had been shot several times and was gravely injured. Ferndale Fire and Rescue transported Khamarko to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he later died of his injuries, according to police.

A previous press release stated that detectives had followed up on “many tips and leads throughout the initial phase of the investigation, but unfortunately none of them (led) to the identification or arrest of a suspect.”

It was earlier this year that evidence was discovered that led to the identification and arrest of the Romulus man last week.

“We will have no further comment, as this case remains an open and active investigation,” Palazzolo said.