Kalamazoo teen charged with weekend murder

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 16:26:26-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A Kalamazoo teen has been officially charged with a weekend murder.

Nasi Ben-Yaisrael, 18, was formally charged Monday with Open Murder and Felony Firearms in the killing of Deshontae Ellis early Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn in Oshtemo Township.  He is being held without bail.

Ben-Yaisrael was taken into custody Saturday afternoon at the Red Roof Inn in Oshtemo Township after he was spotted by police when he returned to the scene of the shooting.

Deputies responded to the motel on West Michigan Avenue and 11th Street shortly after midnight Saturday morning to a report of shots fired. They said a fight broke out between some girls at a party before it escalated outside. That’s when several shots were fired.

Deputies said Ellis was shot inside a car in the lot. Police estimate as many as 20 people were attending the party.