CLINTON TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - "I'm innocent," said Clinton Rayshawn Grayson, 24, as he and his three alleged accomplices were led to a prisoner transport vehicle after their arraignments Monday on multiple charges including Felony Murder.
The men, said to be cousins, are accused in the March 28 murder of popular party store owner Basil Sulaka.
Sulaka was shot and killed during a robbery at the store he'd owned for nearly 20 years, the Moon Lite Party Store on Harper near 14 Mile Road in Clinton Township.
The others charged are 24-year-old Darius Gaskin, Kenneth Hill, 26, and Jomar Robinson, 25.
It was revealed in court that Robinson is also a registered sex offender who failed to report his current address and contact information as required by law.
Bond was denied for all of the men who are also suspected in six other armed robberies in metro Detroit.
The other robberies took place in the months leading up to Sulaka's murder.
The killing outraged the community where Sulaka was loved by so many, and hundreds of people showed support for his family by taking part in fundraisers as police looked for Sulaka's killers.
Clinton Township Police say the men were arrested Friday morning in a span of two hours with the help of the Comprehensive Violence Reduction Partnership (CVRP).
CVRP is a partnership between multiple law enforcement agencies including Detroit Police, the FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations.
Two of the men were arrested in Clinton Township and two were arrested in Detroit.
Some of the information and evidence that police say connects the men to the crime is expected to be released at their preliminary examination which is expected to take place in the next 14 days.