Hearing Moved in Dearborn Murder Case
Attorneys for four Detroit residents accused of murdering a Dearborn man on Friday asked for more time to review evidence before beginning the trial.
A preliminary examination set to take place Friday in Dearborn's 19th District Court concerning the alleged murder of a Dearborn man has been moved to a later date.
Four lawyers–one for each of the defendants in the case of the July 15 death of Hassan Jaber–were present in the courtroom Friday, as were nearly 50 supporters of the defendants, who appeared to be friends and family members.
Detroit residents Charles Jackson, 26; Zelda Taylor, 28; Iashia Knox, 28; and Kristen Holmes, 28, are facing charges of felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
As they awaited their case to be called, three of the four defendants appeared somber or distraught. Knox, however, smiled and waved to several people in the courtroom.
The four defendants spoke very little, as it was quickly decided that the preliminary exam would be moved.
All four defense attorneys requested that the trial be adjourned in order to allow all parties to go over extensive amounts of evidence, including 15 hours of taped interviews.
"You've got a lot of material to go through," Judge Mark Somers confirmed.
The new preliminary examination is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 17, also before Somers.
The prosecuting attorney told the court that she expected to call five witnesses in the pre-trial–one of which would likely involve a lengthy examination.
The case concerns 45-year-old Jaber, who was found dead in his home in the 6200 block of Williamson Street at about 8 p.m. July 15, according to Dearborn police.
An investigation in the death led to the arrest of Jackson, Taylor, Knox and Holmes within a week of the discovered alleged homicide.