Thursday, September 30, 2021

Murder charged in Romulus shooting

A Taylor man is facing first degree murder charges following a fatal shooting at a Romulus liquor store last month.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Lajohn Esten Washington, 24, of Taylor, in connection with the fatal shooting of Chevron Lawrence, 28, of Detroit, and the non-fatal shooting of another 18-year-old Taylor man. 

The charges resulted from an incident which occurred at about 11:02 p.m. Aug. 23 when Romulus police officers were called to a liquor store in the 27420 block of Eureka Road in the city. Prosecutors allege that Washington fatally shot Lawrence and then attempted to shoot the 18-year-old victim before fleeing the scene.

Romulus police investigated the incident for a week and located and arrested the defendant Sept. 20. 

Washington has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and two counts of felony firearm. 

He was arraigned last week in 34th District Court and given a $500,000 cash/surety bond. He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail. If he is released on bond, he will be ordered to have a GPS tether. 

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 6, in 34th District Court before Judge Brian Oakley.