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Dollar Store Murders Update: Lavere Bryant, Mich. man, arrested in double killing

Lavere Bryant
Booking photo via CBS Detroit

(CBS/AP) DEARBORN, Mich. - A 34-year-old Michigan man has been charged with murder in the deaths of 2 employees of a Dearborn dollar store.

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Lavere Bryant is to be arraigned Wednesday in Dearborn District Court on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder as well as armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm charges.

Bryant, of Dearborn, is accused in the fatal shootings of Brenna Machus and Joseph Orlando. Both victims were 20-years-old and employees of the Family Dollar store.

Machus disappeared on July 15, the same night Orlando was fatally shot in the store.

Following a two-day search, Machus' body was discovered in a wooded area less than 2 miles away. She was an assistant manager.

"The members of this department worked tirelessly and around the clock in an exemplary fashion to bring closure to this case in the finest tradition of delivering superior public service and earning the public's trust every day in everything we do," said Dearborn Chief of Police Ronald Haddad in a media release announcing the arrest.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy called the case "extremely upsetting" and said it was "not an easy case to put together."

Just what exactly led to the killings remains unclear. Police have not commented on a motive.

Dearborn Police continue to ask that anyone with information they believe may be relevant to the case to contact the department at 313-943-2235.

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