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Suspect arraigned in murder of Farmington Hills party store owner David Lossia
WXYZ.com Web Staff , Tara Edwards
10:10 AM, Dec 31, 2013
5:30 PM, Dec 31, 2013
(WXYZ) - The 43-year-old man suspected in the murder of a popular Farmington Hills party store owner has been arraigned in the case.
The suspect, 43-year-old Casalle Leroy Nettles was taken into custody Monday.
He's charged in connection with the murder of 59-year-old David Lossia. Lossia was shot and killed during the apparent robbery of Tom's Party Store Saturday afternoon.
According to investigators, Lossia owned and worked at the party store for more than 20 years.
"I don't know if I've seen such an outpouring at the loss of a business person at the scene of a crime like that," said Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus. "There was probably at least a hundred people a good portion of the day. The evidence techs were on the scene for 12 hours and some of the same people were behind the yellow tape at the end of 12 hours."
Tuesday, Nettles was charged in 47th District Court with six counts, including Felony Murder, 3 counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Armed Robbery and Possession of a firearm by a felon.
"There was at least a dozen police agencies that took part in this," said Chief Nebus. "Southfield, Livonia, Redford, Oakland County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, DEA, Auto Theft Task force, Detroit Police Department. We had some concept units, patrol unit, our Sonic Unit from West Bloomfield, Novi participated, Homeland Security… it was actually a law enforcement collaboration."
According Chief Nebus, they received numerous tips to helped track down their suspect.
"Residents provided information that was crucial," said Chief Nebus. "The responding officers from Farmington Hills and other departments, you know, developed information that was very important to the case."
Police had been staking out a home in Detroit were Nettles had been staying. Once he left the house, the arrest was made.
"When we have a cold-blooded killing like we had its very important to get to the killer quickly before they may injure or hurt someone else," said Chief Nebus. "Also to restore a feeling of safety to the communities."
7 Action News did some digging and found Nettles has a lengthy criminal record.
He served more than 10 years in prison for Armed Robbery and Assault With A Dangerous Weapon in the late 90s.
A not guilty plea was entered on Nettle's behalf. A pre-exam conference in scheduled for January 3 and a preliminary exam January 10.
Nettles was remanded to Oakland County Jail without bond. If convicted, he could be locked up for life.
Stay with 7 Action News and WXYZ.com for the latest on this developing story.