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Harper Woods Woman Charged in Fatal Shooting

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Nija Monet Starke, 23 (DOB: 04/06/1995), in the fatal shooting of Eugene Jones, Jr., 44, both of Harper Woods. Starke and Jones have a child in common and were living together at the time of the homicide.

On March 10, 2019 at approximately 5:59 a.m., Harper Woods police received a 911 call requesting assistance in the 21400 block of Kingsville in Harper Woods, MI. Upon arrival, Harper Woods police found the defendant in the front room and discovered the victim on the bathroom floor, suffering from a gunshot wound. It is alleged that an altercation escalated and Starke fatally shot the victim. Medics were called to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Starke has been charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm.* She was arraigned in 32-A District Court this morning before Judge Daniel Palmer. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Palmer in 32-A District Court in Harper Woods. The defendant received a $250,000 cash/surety bond. Please request a photograph of the Defendant from the Harper Woods Police.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.