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Three Suspects Arrested in Crack House Shootings

April 9, 1990

DETROIT (AP) _ Police investigating the gangland-style slayings of six people at a reputed crack house arrested two men and an 18-year-old woman who is accused of being the head killer, authorities said Sunday.

Tamara Marie Marshall, 18, of Detroit was arrested Saturday in the city’s worst mass slaying in 19 years. The two other suspects, ages 19 and 20, were arrested Sunday, said police spokesman John Leavens.

All three were arrested without incident, he said.

The names of the two men were withheld until warrants were issued. All three were expected to be arraigned Monday on six counts of murder, Leavens said.

Police denied that the killings were motivated by a soured love affair between Marshall and one of the victims, Steven Owens, 32.

″It was nothing more than a robbery of a suspected drug house. This is not about a jilted lover, this is not about a drug war. This crime was committed for financial gain and that is all there is,″ said Inspector Gerald Stewart.

Magistrate Irma Chenevert said she signed an arrest warrant Friday charging Marshall with leading the massacre and using a firearm during a felony.

Witnesses said a woman and two men burst into the two-story bungalow Wednesday night, forced the victims to lie on the floor and shot them in the head.

Found dead on a floor upstairs in the two-story bungalow were Owens; Carl D. Williams, 21; Bobby Lee Frazier, 16; and Robert Lee Hill, 15; all of Detroit, police said. Each had been shot in the head.

Two victims were found in the basement. LeVon Robinson, 18, died shortly after arriving at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Rodney Lewis, 22, died at the hospital Thursday night.

A neighbor said the home where the slayings occurred was one of a number of crack houses in the area.

Detroit’s previous worst mass shooting was in June 1971, when seven members of a heroin ring were found shot to death in a west-side apartment.

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