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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CPL Instructor Charged in Livonia Firearm Discharge

Prosecutor Worthy has charged Michael Edward Hearn, 44 (DOB 2/7/1973), of Farmington Hills in connection to the discharge of a firearm in a Concealed Pistol License class in Livonia. It is alleged that on April 29, 2017, Hearn was teaching a Concealed Pistol License class during which he pulled his pistol and fired one shot in the direction of the classroom door. The bullet travelled into another classroom striking a 38-year-old Detroit man.

Mr. Hearn is charged with one count of the misdemeanor Careless, Reckless, or Negligent Use of a Firearm.* He was arraigned in 16th District Court in Livonia today, and received a $5,000 personal bond. His probable cause conference is on May 18, 2017 and his preliminary examination is on May 25, 2017, both at 9:00 a.m., before Judge Sean Kavanagh in 16th District Court.

*The charges referred to herein are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Detroit Man Charged in Shooting of Father

Today Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Dante Louis Coker, aka Dante Binion, 21 (DOB: 08/03/1995), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of his father Murray Upshaw, 40, and a female acquaintance, Sharietta Jefferson, 27, both of Detroit.

On May 6, 2017 at approximately 10:13 p.m. in the family home located in the 8700 block of Epworth, it is alleged that after a brief verbal exchange, Coker fatally shot the two victims and fled the scene. Detroit Police later located and arrested the defendant on May 7, 2017 at East Warren and Eastlawn in Detroit.

Coker has been charged with two counts of First Degree Premeditated Murder and one count of Felony Firearm*. He was arraigned in 36th District Court this afternoon before Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The probable cause conference is scheduled for May 19, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for May 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lydia Nance Adams in 36th District Court.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Indictment Unsealed in the Non-Fatal Shooting of Seven-Year-Old Girl

Unsealing the Indictment and Arraignment

On May 6, 2017, a one man grand jury indicted Jervonie Deandre Martin, (DOB: 10/23/1993), of Detroit, in connection with the shooting of a seven-year-old. Today, Judge Timothy Kenny, Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court Criminal Division, unsealed the indictment and the defendant was arraigned on three counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, one count of Discharge in or at a Building Causing Injury and one count of Felony Firearm* and received a $400,000 cash/surety bond. His next court date is the final conference on June 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and the trial is scheduled for August 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The defendant’s attorney is Randal Upshaw.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, “The summer months are fast approaching. I sincerely hope that this case is not a precursor of things to come. Our innocents seem more often than not to be the recipients of this senseless and ridiculous violence.”

Allegations

It is alleged that on May 1, 2017, around 10:30 p.m., multiple shots were fired into an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Monterey in the City of Detroit. One of the shots entered an apartment and struck a seven-year-old girl who was asleep inside her grandmother’s home at the time. She was taken to local hospital and received treatment for her injuries. She was recently released from the hospital and is recuperating.

Background Information on the One Man Grand Jury

The Petition

The Prosecutor files a petition with the circuit court alleging why there is probable cause to suspect that a crime has been committed and that a person or persons may be able to give material evidence regarding the crime or offense. (MCLA 767.4) The judge then signs an order directing that an inquiry be made relating to the formal complaint. The petition is for six months and can be renewed for an additional six months. (MCLA 767.3)

Subpoenas

When the judge issues a subpoena, the person called before the grand jury is entitled to legal counsel; no delay is permitted in appearing before the judge. All matters revealed are subject to secrecy provisions. (MCLA 767.4)

Penalties - Contempt

Witnesses neglecting or refusing to appear can be found in contempt of court. After a hearing in court, such witnesses can be fined $1,000 and/or imprisoned for up to one year. Witnesses can “purge” themselves of the contempt by offering to appear before the court. The judge may then commute or suspend the sentence. (MCLA 767.5)

Penalties - Disclosure of Proceedings

Except in cases of prosecutions for contempt or perjury against witnesses, any judge conducting the inquiry, or any prosecuting attorney and other persons admitted to such inquiry at the discretion of the judge, who disclose information from the grand jury are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment not more than a year or by fine not less than $100 or more than $1,000 or both. (MCLA 767.19 f).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Henry Perez - Administrative Law Judge charged with CSC Fourth Degree. His final conference date scheduled for tomorrow has been adjourned until Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Bruce Morrow.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Update on Greektown Assault Case:

Defendants Stanley Faulk and Keith Harvey were bound over on the following charges: 1. AWIM; 2. Robbery Unarmed; 3. Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm; Felonious Assault. Faulk is also bound over on Possession of Cocaine.

Defendants Eddie Curry, Terrell Carter and Rachaan Yharbrough were bound over on the following charges: 1. AWIM; 2. Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm; 3. Felonious Assault.

The AOI date for all five defendants is May 18, 2017 in Third Circuit Court.

Defendant Tyron Larkins’ probable cause conference is scheduled for May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for May 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in 36th District Court.

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