Muskegon party store homicide suspect arrested in Ohio

Charles Cuti was fatally shot outside of Sam's Drink All earlier this month

Jaylan Traviss, Charlie Cuti,
Jaylan Traviss' mug shot from the Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The father of a man who was shot to death outside a Muskegon party store said Wednesday night he is relieved both of the men believed to be responsible for his son’s murder nearly three weeks ago are in custody.

But Chuck Cuti says he grieves not only for the 23-year-old son who shared his name, but also for the terrible circumstances that allowed a convicted felon to be out on the street committing more crimes.

Charles Cuti, Charlie Cuti
An undated courtesy photo of Charles Cuti.

The second of two suspects in Charles Cuti’s homicide was arrested Wednesday. Jaylan Deshawn Traviss, 20, was taken into custody by police in Cincinnati and has waived extradition proceedings, meaning he could be in Muskegon within a week. He faces charges of open murder, armed robbery and felony use of a firearm, Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Mott told 24 Hour News 8.

Also Wednesday, Traviss’ co-defendant, 22-year-old Corey Burt Jr., was bound over to felony court after a judge found there was enough evidence for him to stand trial on charges of murder and armed robbery.

Corey Burt Jr.
Corey Burt Jr.

Police say Burt confessed to the robbery outside the Sam’s Drink All party store and pointed to Traviss as the shooter.

Cuti was shot around 10:50 p.m. April 2 in the parking lot of the Getty Street business. His uncle, who was with him, previously told 24 Hour News 8 that Cuti called someone and arranged to meet at the liquor store. Once there, Cuti approached a black sedan and was shot. The uncle and a cousin attempted CPR, but the gunshot wound to the abdomen was fatal.

Chuck Cuti, the victim’s father, said the suspects had robbed another person in the days before his son was killed and used the cellphone stolen from that victim to call people in the contacts and arrange meetings, seemingly for drug transactions. When the victims arrived, however, they were robbed — or in this case, killed.

The elder Cuti pointed out the long criminal history of the man accused of killing his son, including home invasion and absconding on parole.

The father said if there was more rehabilitation provided in prison, his son might still be alive.

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