SOUTHFIELD (WWJ)- Nearly a year after a deadly shooting, Southfield police have made an arrest in the murder of a liquor store employee.

Police say 48-year old Bruce Butler of Southfield was arrested Friday and charged Saturday with the murder of Mike Khmoro who was shot to death last October while taking out the garbage behind Cronin’s Liquor Store on Northwestern Highway near 12 Mile Road.  Butler was charged with first degree murder and felony firearm.  If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

WWJ spoke with Lieutenant Nick G. Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department. “We believe that the arrested individual was a customer of the store,” said Lt. Loussia.

“It’s been almost 10 months to the day,” Loussia said. “I’m happy for the family, hopefully this can be the beginning of some closure for them, the hardest part for the family was not knowing.”

Lt. Loussia says the department had a lot of help from the public.  However investigators aren’t talking about a possible motive because the investigation is ongoing.

Last October, witnesses reported hearing several gunshots in the rear of the parking lot and then saw a black, 4-door, mid-size SUV, possibly a GMC Envoy, leave the parking lot immediately after the shooting.

Butler is scheduled to be back in 46th District Court next Wednesday for a pre-exam.

Comments (9)
  1. Frank Hammer says:

    I am writing to complain of the reprehensible behavior exhibited by Lieutenant Nick G. Loussia as reported in the article “Police Make Arrest In Murder At Liquor Store.” Mr. Butler – the party charged with murder, is entitled to the presumption of innocence. And yet Lt. Loussia is quoted as saying that he was “happy” for the family of the victim because they could begin to find closure. He is then quoted as saying, “the hardest part for the family was not knowing.” How the family can “know” anything at this point is beyond me, as Mr. Butler has merely been charged with a crime, not convicted of one. Regardless of what Mr. Loussia’s personal opinions are, he has no right to prejudice the residents of Southfield and beyond as to Mr. Butler’s guilt or innocence. It is reprehensible and the Lieutenant should face consequences.

    What’s even more reprehensible is that the reporter (unidentified) did not challenge the Lieutenant’s remark. Nor did the reporter inform the public that the suspect does have, as a matter of law, the right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the law! The article itself says that the investigation was still “ongoing.” If it’s “ongoing” – therefore, incomplete – why didn’t the reporter ask how the victim’s family could begin to get “some closure?“

    What’s incomprehensible is why the first version of the article didn’t contain Lt. Loussia’s statement about “closure,” whereas a subsequent – and presumably the current – version does. Why was the Leiutenant’s opinion of Mr. Butler’s guilt inserted in the article as an afterthought if not to predispose the public to view Mr. Butler, a personal friend of mine for decades – as already guilty as charged?

    I believe the public is entitled to journalism which adheres to moral principles, of which the right to a presumption of innocence is one. In this article, CBS NEWS has acted as the propaganda extension of the Southfield police, and ignored the rights of its citizens. CBS NEWS owes the Butler family a public apology, and an apology to its readers, and should discharge the editor that should have known better.

    It is no surprise that the first comment below the article, by a “dave bing,” is sheer racism, no doubt brought out by your prejudicial article. It should be removed immediately.

    1. J Lapolla says:

      I agree with Mr. Hammer. News sources have an obligation to report facts, and not prejudiced statements of someone who is at a loss for something more intelligent to say.
      NONE of the other news feeds I read today included these statements.
      Unlike Mr. Hammer, I have only known Mr. Butler during the past year. During that year I have observed him to be a decent, intelligent, respectful, soft spoken and helpful person.
      While I feel for the family of Mr. Kmhoro, Mr. Butler has every right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    2. Bill Chambless says:

      Since Mr. Frank Hammer is so concerned about “journalism that adheres to moral principals”, I’m certain that he must be constantly writing letters to mainstream media establishments to complain about their corrupt left wing political agenda. It must bother him to no end how the George Soros media empire not only spews propaganda but attacks any news source that should dare to use facts reporting the news in an honest manner. I’m sure Mr. Hammer has voiced a very loud complaint to the White House, where the vice president joined other mainstream media journalists and called the good citizens of the Tea Party “terrorists” for merely wanting our government to act in a responsible manner to limit out of control deficit spending.
      As for this particular case, I’m sure there is no personal prejudice on the part of Mr. Hammer, a “personal friend for decades” of the accused. At this point in time, no one knows what evidence is involved any better than Southfield Lt. Louissa…..certainly not the commentator who sounds like nothing more than a crimminal defense attorney, people who regularly sacrifice truth for the challenge of getting guily parties to go free. The more money involved, the harder they will fight.
      I wonder if Mr. Hammer would be willing to issue an apology if, by chance, our system should prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the accused is, indeed, guilty as charged. That decision will be up to our courts, the same system that proved that O.J. Simpson was innocent of murder.
      If history has proven anything, its that people are capable of the most horrid behavior possible, all while hiding in plain sight. I’m sure all the victims of mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer thought he was a swell guy….right up to the end.

  2. none says:

    I agree that the police comments are inappropriate and unprofessional. At least this time the comments are attributed, instead of the usual “anonymous source” police comments made by officers who know that their comments are not appropriate/professional, yet feed the media information in a lawless manner.

  3. Bob says:

    Where have you people been for the last 20+yrs. Apparently with your head stuck in the sand clueless to reality. At this point in society, we are a point of guilty until innocent, and no better off throwing women in a lake with a rock around their neck, if they float, they’re a witch, if not, they’re exonerated, dead but yippie they weren’t a witch. As the scales tip in the other direction we’ll point the cannon of justice in another direction, hopefully at corporate america and politicians, to the point of eliminating the bad and taking a few honest ones along for the ride, as long as we ‘get the bad guys’ who cares about the innocent. Makes me wonder if there wasn’t a roman citizen sitting at his abacus pondering the same about their society a decade or so before the fall of rome.

  4. citizen says:

    Do you realize that the judge gave the “poor suspect” a no-bond at his arraignment? Do you also realize that for him to do so means that the case is EXTREMELY solid. Why don’t you all keep your biased remarks to yourselves, and when he gets convicted of first degree murder of the REAL poor dead victim, you won’t look so stupid. If that was your friend, or family member who was shot in cold blood that day, I bet that you wouldn’t have even cared what the Lt said. Give us ALL a break, and SHUT UP!

  5. Kevin says:

    Isn’t freedom of speech a wonderful thing, everyone can give their opinion whether they’re right or wrong. Also, it really doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right as long as the person who did this is brought to justice. Any person leaving a comment here I’m sure would not like to be on the receiving end of a murder. Any person charged is always presumed innocent no matter what anyone thinks, time will tell, but after ten months of gathering evidence I wouldn’t want to be in this fellows shoes.

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