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Man, 48, arraigned in death of co-worker at GM Orion Assembly plant

(CBS DETROIT) - A 48-year-old man has been arraigned on an open murder charge in connection with fatally assaulting his co-worker at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion Township, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.  

Astrit Bushi Oakland County Sheriff's Office

Astrit Gjon Bushi, is accused in the beating death of his 49-year-old co-worker, Gregory Lanier Robertson, of Pontiac.

"As we pivot to holding the suspect accountable for the incredibly brutal murder he perpetrated, our prayers are with the families and co-workers that are affected," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Officials say Bushi, a resident alien from Albania, was believed to be living out of his van and has no known permanent address.

Both of the men worked for a cleaning company that was contracted by GM. They were not employed by GM.

According to officials, deputies responded to a report of an injured person at the plant at about 1:37 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.

When they arrived at the scene, they found Robertson unconscious and bleeding, and despite attempted life-saving measures by deputies and the Orion Township Fire Department, he could not be revived.

Robertson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bushi had been found standing in a dock area not far from where Robertson's body was found.

52-1 District Court Magistrate Karen Liddle scheduled a probable cause conference is scheduled for Aug. 23 and his preliminary examination is set for Aug. 30.

Through an interpreter, Bushi requested a court-appointed attorney.

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