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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pontiac Mother Charged After Infant Children Left In Casino Parking Structure

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Clelie Faith Choute, 27 (DOB: 07/07/1990), of Pontiac, MI, in connection with leaving her two infants unattended in a vehicle in the MGM Grand Casino parking structure.

It is alleged that on August 19, 2017 at approximately 11:55 p.m., an MGM Grand Casino security officer was notified of two children in a vehicle unattended. When the security officer arrived, he found a two-year-old male toddler and a six-month-old female infant were inside a vehicle unattended. The Detroit Police Department was notified and the children were removed from the vehicle and released to their father. The defendant was located inside the casino and taken into custody.

Choute has been charged with two counts of Child Abuse - Second Degree*. She was arraigned at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon in 36th District Court before Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The probable cause conference is scheduled for August 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for September 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before 36th District Court Judge Lydia Nance Adams. The defendant received a $100,000/10% bond.

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

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Detroit Man Charged with Felonious Assault After Car Crash

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Michael Hazaiah Williams, 69, (DOB: 12/28/1947), of Detroit, in connection with an auto accident and felonious assault.

It is alleged that on August 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to Gallagher Street and East Grixdale Street in Detroit to investigate reports of an auto collision involving the defendant and two women from Detroit, ages 17 and 28. It is further alleged that when the defendant exited his vehicle, he fired a weapon at the complainants, striking their vehicle. The defendant was taken into custody at the scene. Medics transported the complainants to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Williams has been charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm, two counts of Felonious Assault, six counts of Felony Firearm and Impersonating a Police Officer*. He is expected to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon in 36th District Court.

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

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Virgil Smith - Former State Senator charged in a non-fatal shooting incident involving his ex-wife on Wexford. Yesterday the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in Defendant Smith's favor. Please click the link to the opinion below. WCPO will appeal the ruling; the brief is due by the close of business on August, 28, 2017.

The decision and opinion of the Court of Appeals in PEOPLE OF MI V VIRGIL SMITH, Docket No. 332288, has been released.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Virgil Smith - Former State Senator charged in a non-fatal shooting incident involving his ex-wife on Wexford. Yesterday the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in Defendant Smith's favor. WCPO has filed a Motion for Leave to Appeal the ruling. Please refer to the attached pleadings.

LaMarr Monson - lnnocence Project case where the defendant was convicted of Second Degree Murder in 1997. Tomorrow there will be a pre-trial conference before Judge Shannon Walker at 9:00 p.m.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Wayne County Prosecutor Dismisses Homicide Case Against LaMarr Monson

Please see the attached press release.

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