Suspect charged after fatal shooting at Clinton Township business

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 11, 2018 | Updated January 12, 2018 11:46am



CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspect has been arrested and charged for allegedly shooting two people, including one fatally, at a Clinton Township business.


Jerry Daniel Motley, 25, of Clinton Township, was arraigned Jan. 11 in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township in front of Magistrate Daniel Goulette on five counts: first-degree murder, punishable by life in prison without parole; felony firearm, a possible two-year sentence; assault with intent to murder, punishable by life or any number of years; and possessing a dangerous weapon, a felony punishable by five years or $2,500.


According to the Clinton Township Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 8:42 a.m. Jan. 9 at Reliable Fence, 35375 Groesbeck Highway, between 15 and 16 Mile roads.


Clinton Township Police Capt. Maierle said the situation stemmed from a dispute between two employees “who obviously didn’t get along.” Police arrived to find the owner, Thomas Edward Badke, 61, of Romeo, deceased from one gunshot wound to the head.


Preliminary investigation revealed that Motley and another employee, Angelo Joseph Micale, 34, of Harrison Township, were in the midst of a dispute. The suspect then allegedly shot Micale twice in the back. On Jan. 11, Maierle said Micale was expected to survive.


Motley then allegedly shot and killed Badke.


Other employees then intervened, successfully retrieving Motley’s weapon. The suspect then fled the scene.


“The suspect shoots one employee in the back,” Maierle said. “The other employees hear the gunshot and they wrestle. … The shooter takes off, crashes his car in the area of 14 and Groesbeck in Fraser.


The suspect reportedly crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Groesbeck Avenue and Kelly Road.


The suspect then led police on a foot chase. An officer from the Fraser Department of Safety later confirmed that police officers from Fraser and Roseville saw Motley run into a subdivision off 14 Mile Road. Police then formed a perimeter around the suspect on Bittersweet Road, between Kelly Road and Beacon Lane, and arrested him without incident.


Motley was lodged at the Clinton Township Police Department while a warrant was being issued. He was later taken to the Macomb County Jail.


Motley’s attorney, Todd Perkins, said Jan. 11 that he didn’t yet read the details of the incident and that commenting would be premature. He said time will tell what really happened in this “awful set of circumstances.”


“In a case like this, if everything is succinct as everyone says, it’s not a case of what; it’s a case of why,” Perkins said.


A probable cause conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, while a physical examination is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31.