By Diane Madigan
Independent Court Reporter
At a Feb. 12 court session, 34th District Court Judge David Parrott set a preliminary exam for Jamal Montieth Avery, 32, of Belleville for 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at the court.
Avery is charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct – Third Degree (multiple variables).
He will go before a judge to see if there is enough evidence that a felony has been committed and he had been involved.
Charges were filed against Avery on Nov. 5, 2011 and the warrant signed Aug. 23, 2013. Two officers heard a Merandized confession.
His $20,000 bond was continued.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Carole Murray said the victim is now 18 or 19 years old and “somewhat homeless.” Murray said she would be willing to proceed with the beginning of a pre-trial, if Judge Parrott was willing to allow her proofs to be taken out of order.
There was a delay in subpoenaing the victim to the court session, with Murray stating the victim got notice at 9 a.m. the previous day. The victim was not present in court and Murray asked for another week to find the victim.
Judge Parrott chastised Murray for not notifying the victim sooner and Murray said there was a problem with not enough prosecutors. But Parrott said that was no excuse and they needed to fulfill their responsibilities.
Court-appointed defense attorney David Lankford asked that the case be dismissed and Judge Parrott denied the request, saying there is a low burden required for a preliminary exam and they could move forward immediately because the defendant is in jail.
Lankford said he would like to adjourn the preliminary exam for one week and believes this may be a case where there is enough evidence to adjourn. Lankford said his client agreed to waive the 14-day rule for a preliminary exam and agreed to postpone the exam for one week. It will be before another judge because of the court’s rotation.
Belleville Police Cpl. Todd Schrencengost was on hand ready to proceed with the preliminary exam.
Jeremy Daniel Schuh
Jeremy Daniel Schuh, 33, of Milan was arraigned by Judge Parrot on a warrant signed Sept. 17 by the Wayne County Prosecutor. His preliminary exam is scheduled for Feb. 26 with Lankford as his court-appointed attorney.
Schuh was charged with possession of an FTD (Financial Transaction Device / credit card) and sale or use of FTD.
Charges were filed July 18, 2013. Schuh is known as an Habitual Offender with a reputation for fighting and running so extra precautions were taken at the court.
Schuh appeared in handcuffs, wearing a green Washtenaw County jumpsuit. VBT Police Officer Donovan McCarthy said Schuh is accused of stealing the credit card out of a vehicle in Washtenaw County and using it at Meijer in Van Buren Township.
Schuh is being held on a $15,000 or 10% bond at Washtenaw County Jail for three pending home invasion cases. Judge Parrott added $10,000/10% bond for the new charges.
Darryl Dominic Woodford
Darryl Dominic Woodford, 19, was charged with five felonies: Child Sexually Abusive Commercial Activity, Internet Sex Abuse Material, Communicating with Another to Commit a Crime, Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, and Distributing of Obscene Matter to Children.
Woodford had his preliminary exam adjourned until March 12, which Judge Parrott said was a firm date.
Woodford retained attorney Ryan Hill who was out of the state and would not be able to meet with Woodford until the following day.
Court-appointed attorney Lankford asked Judge Parrott to waive the 14-day rule for the preliminary exam for Woodford and the judge agreed.
Woodford was charged on June 28 and the warrant signed Jan. 28.
Several people were in court for this case.
Robin Renee Skyles
Robin Renee Skyles, 49, was charged Jan. 21 and the warrant signed on Jan. 23 for Home Invasion 2nd Degree and Larceny from a Building. She was arraigned Jan. 29 before Judge Parrott and her preliminary exam was set for Feb. 12 before Judge Parrott.
Her co-defendant is Amy Jo Zagelmeyer, 55, who had her preliminary exam on Feb. 5 in Judge Tina Brooks Green’s courtroom.
Judge Parrott bound Skyles over so the two will be headed to Third District Court on Feb. 19 to be arraigned on the information together.
Skyles’ bond is $2,500 or 10%, which was posted.
Dennis Tate, Renaldo Wiley
Two VBT defendants had their cases dismissed by Judge Parrott.
Dennis Tate was arrested for domestic violence and Sgt. Jeff Gueli was the officer in charge. Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Kim Michon agreed to dismiss the case without prejudice and 90% of the bond was returned.
Renaldo Wiley was charged with Aggravated Assault and Domestic Violence. The victim did not show up for court and the case was dismissed. Officer in charge was Detective Mark Buxton.
By Diane Madigan