Pair to stand trial for Highland Park gas station murder

2 men charged with killing clerk in Highland Park

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DETROIT - A preliminary examination hearing was disrupted Friday when one of two men charged with murdering a Highland Park gas station clerk appeared to intimidate a witness.

Brian Matthew Evans, 33, of Highland Park, and 27-year-old Norman Witherspoon, of Madison Heights, were arrested and charged with the shooting death of Hussan Hussein.

Prosecutors said Evans and Witherspoon lured Hussein on Jan.18 out from a protected area inside a Citgo gas station on Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park.

It was alleged Hussein was shot several times when he refused to open a safe.

During the preliminary examination, Evans was admonished by District Court  Judge Brigette Officer when he spoke out while his wife was testifying.

The hearing ended with Evans and Witherspoon bound over to stand trial.

Evans will be tried on first degree murder charges.

Witherspoon will stand trial for felony murder.

Both men remain jailed without bond.

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