Man Charged in Michigan Jewelry Store Murders

A 42-year-old Muskegon Heights, Mich., man is in jail without bond and charged with the shooting deaths of a jewelry store owner and a customer, the Muskegon Chronicle reports.

Darick O’Brien Anderson (pictured) was reportedly arraigned Monday in Ottawa County District Court on two counts of first-degree murder involving the July 2 slayings of Robert Karell, 61, the owner of R.K. Jewelers in Grand Haven, and Louis Paparella, 77, of Roosevelt Park. 

Anderson was also charged with armed robbery and being a fourth-offense habitual offender, The Associated Press reports.

The two were discovered shot to death in the jewelry store by Karell’s daughter, the newspaper reports. Each was shot in the back of the head by a small caliber gun.

Anderson’s arrest was the result of an investigation involving at least five different police agencies in Ottawa and Muskegon counties, the newspaper reports. Anderson was arrested Saturday night at a Muskegon Heights residence.

Arresting officers found “physical evidence” tying Anderson with the slayings and apparent robbery of R.K. Jewelers, police reportedly said. Robbery was the motive. Investigators are trying to determine whether only one person was involved.

Anderson reportedly has a violent history of crimes on his record. Among the incidents reported by the newspaper:

* He was charged in 2007 with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and of being a felon in possession of a firearm for the attack of a Muskegon man with a shotgun and butcher knife. Those charges were later dismissed pending further investigation.

* In 1992, Anderson was sentenced to prison on four armed robbery charges and a felony firearm charge.

* In 1986 he was convicted of a prison escape from a transitional corrections center in Muskegon.

* In 1985, Anderson was convicted of breaking and entering in Ottawa County and receiving and concealing stolen property in Muskegon County.