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Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 1:34 p.m.

Man charged with murder in fatal shooting in Ypsilanti

By Lee Higgins

A man was charged Wednesday with murder in the fatal shooting of a man last week at an Ypsilanti apartment.

Kenneth Rooks, 24, of Oak Park, was arraigned this afternoon at the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of open murder, possessing a firearm while being a felon and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.



Rooks is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Jonathan Claude Rollins of Ypsilanti Township inside a South Prospect Street apartment early Dec. 21 after an argument. Rollins was shot at least twice in the upper body with a handgun, police said.

Rooks is being held without bond.

No other arrests are anticipated in the killing, Ypsilanti police Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton said.

Fulton said Rooks was arrested Tuesday morning by Hamtramck police after a "wanted" poster was released in the case.

State Department of Corrections records show Rooks' criminal record includes convictions for third-degree fleeing from a police officer and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 4:42 a.m.

Yeah! Glad to hear he is being held without bond!


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

man, the moderation of these comments is insane.

Superior Twp voter

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:05 p.m.

He certainly has pretty hair.

Jen Eyer

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.

A comment that presumes guilt and two comments that discuss moderation were removed, according to our guidelines.

The Black Stallion3

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

What is wrong with our youth? Why do so many of them commit murder like it is a game? Is this what we are teaching them with our liberal views? Something has to change soon or we will all be in danger.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 4:03 a.m.

There is nothing liberal about murder


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 9:52 p.m.

Hmm. I get the impression that you're not asking that loaded question in good faith!


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 2:33 p.m.

We HAVE been in danger for quite some time. Our law enforcement cannot help us either. Arm yourself and learn how to use it. We can only help ourselves in order to survive.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

So much for the yellow brick road. But I hear that the orange suits they have for him will not fit that hair-do. Good Job! on catching this guy, and I hope he gets the maximum sentence, if this is the right guy of course. Anyone who believes they are the law, or above the law should not be allowed to wonder our streets.