Boyfriend with long criminal history charged with murdering his girlfriend

JACKSON, MI – A Jackson man arrested at the scene of his girlfriend’s fatal shooting has been charged with his murder.

Rodney Stevenson, 33, was arraigned Thursday, June 11, before investigating magistrate Fred Bishop on one count of open-air murder and felony firearms for the shooting death of Shameka Oliver.

Oliver, 30, was found dead outside his home in the 1200 block of Chittock Avenue around 7 a.m. on May 28, by police checking a report of gunshots heard in the area, the police chief said and Jackson firefighter Elmer Hitt.

Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene. She suffered only one gunshot wound, Hitt said.

Woman found shot dead in front of Jackson’s house

Stevenson was home at the time of the shooting and suspected of killing Oliver, police said.

He was arrested on the day of the shooting and taken to Jackson County Jail where he was held for bail violation while detectives continued to investigate the shooting, Hitt said.

Stevenson was on bail for eight open criminal cases involving a home invasion, drug and criminal assault charges attributed to circuit judge John McBain, court records show.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office issued murder charges against Stevenson on June 10, which led to his arraignment on Thursday.

Stevenson is scheduled to attend a probable causes conference on June 19 and a preliminary examination on June 25. He is being held without bail.

Open murder allows a jury to decide the degree of murder of which an accused is guilty if convicted.

Oliver, a mother of four, graduated from Jackson High School in 2008 and aspired to work in the medical field, beginning a career as a supervisor at Renaissance Northland Home Assisted Living, according to his obituary.

Stevenson was released from the Michigan Department of Corrections in March 2016 after serving eight years in prison for third-degree home invasion and aggravated stalking in 2008, according to MDOC files.

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