Prelim exam rescheduled for murder suspect

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

During a brief court appearance last Wednesday, murder suspect Robert Vincent Gerring (shown in court with his attorney Kelli Claxton) agreed to a four-week postponement of the preliminary exam of his case, originally scheduled for that day. Gerring is charged with murder and attempted murder as well as seven other charges from a March 10 incident involving a Chestonia Township resident and his 15 year-old neighbor.

 

BELLAIRE – A Mancelona man accused in the March murder of a Chestonia Township resident agreed last Wednesday to a postponement of his preliminary exam, which had originally been scheduled for that day. 

Postponement of the exam, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, was needed to allow more time for discovery and a review of all information pertaining to the case, according to a representative from the Antrim County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. A request for the postponement had been filed with the court on March 23.

Addressing a shackled Robert Vincent Gerring, 29, of Mancelona, who appeared with his court-appointed attorney Kelli Claxton, 86th District Court Judge Thomas Phillips asked if Gerring would agree to waive the rule mandating a preliminary exam of all cases within 14 days of arraignment. 

"That will be alright," Gerring said quietly.

After hearing the prosecutor's request to postpone the court proceedings for another four weeks, a new preliminary exam was scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.

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