Rochester Hills man charged in girlfriend’s murder

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 13, 2021

 Lavaren Gaddis

Lavaren Gaddis

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A Rochester Hills man has been charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend in Auburn Hills.

Lavaren Gaddis, 32, was arraigned July 9 in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills on charges of homicide — open murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His bond was denied.

If convicted, Gaddis faces up to life in prison for the felony murder charge. The firearm possession during a felony charge carries a penalty of two years in prison.

Gaddis is accused of killing Deloris Avant, 36, at her apartment in Auburn Hills July 6.

The Auburn Hills Police and Fire departments were dispatched to Avant’s apartment in the 3500 block of Fountain Circle at 4:24 a.m. July 6 for a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, first responders reportedly found Avant with a single gunshot wound to her upper body. Avant was unresponsive, so medics transported her to a hospital, where she later died.

Investigators allege that Gaddis shot Avant during a domestic dispute inside a bedroom in the apartment. At the time of the shooting, the victim’s 13-year-old son was inside the apartment sleeping. Authorities said he was not injured during the incident.

Investigators said the incident was confined to the apartment and did not involve any other people in the apartment complex.

Gaddis’ next court date, a probable cause conference, was scheduled for July 19.

He had no attorney on file at press time.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Auburn Hills Police Department at (248) 370-9460.

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