Suspects in murder of beloved Clinton Twp. party store owner Basil Sulaka bound over after hearing

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The four suspects in the shooting death of a Clinton Township party store owner have been bound over for trial.

Clinton Grayson, 25 and Darius Diaz-Gaskin, 24, of Detroit and Kenneth Hill, 26, and Jomar Robinson, 25, of Clinton Township are charged with four felony counts, including felony murder in the shooting death of Basim “Basil” Sulaka. The 51-year old Clinton Township man was shot inside the Moon Lite Party store on Harper Avenue near 14 Mile Road. 

41B District Court in Clinton Township was packed for Monday’s preliminary hearing. Supporters of the suspects filled one side of the court room with Sulaka’s relatives seated across the center aisle.

In-store security video, from six different angles, was shown during the proceeding. The video captured three of the four men entering the store, the confrontation with Sulaka as well as the gun being fired.

Clinton Township Police Detective Brian Gilbert testified that Hill told police that the store was selected as a robbery target because there were no innocent bystanders and few cars in the store’s parking lot.

Detectives said the video showed the men were in the store for less than two minutes. Sulaka was in the office when they were first entered.  The video also shows him being confronted and shot in the back.  Police found the father of two daughters dead between the counter of the store.

Police identified Diaz-Gaskin as the shooter. His attorney, Richard Glanda, said his client had no intention of killing Sulaka.

“He didn’t think he had his finger on the trigger, he thought he had the safety on, and for the reasons the requisite intent, even in a felony murder situation, which is different than a pre-meditated first-degree murder case, I don’t believe can be shown,” Glanda said.

Attorneys also argued that some of their clients were not provided access to counsel as requested while being interrogated by police. They questioned whether their constitutional rights were violated.

The four suspects will appear in Circuit Court on July 21.
Sulaka’s relatives had no comment Monday as they left the hearing.


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