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Monday, August 14, 2017

Jorge Gabiel Vallecillo-Espinoza - 37, (DOB: 08/19/1979) - Defendant charged in connection with the August 6, 2017 fatal car crash that occurred at 10:25 p.m. at Junction and Federal Streets in Detroit. It is alleged that Vallecillo-Espinoza was driving his car recklessly when he fatally struck Joseph Rutherford, 53, of Detroit. It is further alleged that Vallecillo-Espinoza fled the scene after striking the victim. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant. The defendant has been charged with Reckless Driving Causing Death and Failure to Remain on Scene of Fatal Car Incident.*

He was arraigned this afternoon and received a $75,000/10% bond. The probable cause conference will be held on August 22, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and the preliminary examination will be held on August 28, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in 36th District Court.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Detroit Woman Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Her Mother

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jaquetta Ann Coopwood, 31, (DOB: 12/25/1985), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal stabbing of her mother, Pandora Hassan, 56, also of Detroit. On August 13, 2017 at 11:46 p.m., in a home in the 18900 block of Appoline, it is alleged that, after a brief conversation, the defendant stabbed her mother in the chest. Ms. Hassan was taken to a local hospital by medics where she was pronounced dead.

Coopwood has been charged with Second Degree Murder*. She was arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Charles Anderson. The probable cause conference is scheduled for August 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for August 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court.

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sharnea McCoy and Erica Osburn - Defendants charged with the fatal shooting of Reginald R. Robinson outside of a party store in Detroit. The final conference is being adjourned from tomorrow until August 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Ulysses Boykin.

Lillian Roberts - On November 18, 2016 Defendant Roberts pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Imprisonment in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old Deontae Mitchell that occurred at a Detroit party store. On Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. the court will hear the defendant's Motion to Withdraw her plea in the case.

Roberts asserts that she was advised by her defense counsel her unlawful imprisonment conviction would not result in having to register as a sex offender under the SORA. WCPO agrees that a plea to Unlawful Imprisonment in fact does have a SORA registration requirement that she was denied the effective assistance of counsel, and as a result she should be allowed to withdraw her plea on this basis. An update will be sent out after the hearing tomorrow.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lillian Roberts - On November 18, 2016 Defendant Roberts pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Imprisonment in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old Deontae Mitchell that occurred at a Detroit party store. On Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., the court will hear the defendant's Motion to Withdraw her plea in the case.

Roberts asserted that her attorney incorrectly advised her that her Unlawful Imprisonment conviction would not result in having to register as a sex offender under the SORA. Today Judge Michael Hathaway denied Ms. Robert's request to withdraw her plea to Second Degree Murder. He did vacate her conviction for Unlawful imprisonment because she was not notified of the SORA requirements for that charge.

Floyd Galloway, Jr. - Defendant charged with the attack of a female jogger in Hines Park in Livonia. Today his preliminary examination was held and he was bound over on the following charges: Kidnapping, Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration, Assault with Intent to Commit Strangulation and Assault with Intent to Commit Murder. He will be arraigned in Circuit Court on August 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Tremaine Neverson aka Trey Songz - Defendant charged in connection with the December 2016 assault of a DPD officer at Joe Louis Arena. Today he pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanor charges of Disturbing the Peace. His Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer and Aggravated Assault charges were dismissed as part of his plea. He was sentenced to 18 months probation. He also must complete anger management classes, submit to substance abuse screening and pay restitution.

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