Friday, April 4, 2016
An important pretrial hearing is taking place today in the Renisha McBride case.
Mlive is reporting:
Friday is the last scheduled pretrial conference before Wafer’s June 2 trial. There are 10 motions to be decided upon, according to Bloomfield Hills-based attorney Cheryl Carpenter, who is defending Wafer, 55.
Carpenter is looking to disqualify Lillard, although she wouldn’t say why Thursday; negate the bind-over from the District Court; move the trial to another county due to the attention on the case; reveal cell phone photos of McBride with cash, marijuana and a gun; introduce McBride’s criminal record, including a retail fraud conviction; and present McBride’s student file from her alternative high school in Southfield.
At the objection of the prosecution, Carpenter wants to present evidence about a 2011 crash McBride was involved in. The car she was in slammed into a home, and the occupants, whom witnesses told police appeared intoxicated, fled the scene, Carpenter said. Carpenter also wants to present crime data from Wafer’s neighborhood since January and exclude second-hand witness testimony claiming McBride was looking for help after her crash.
The evidence is not admissible under Rule 404 and should be excluded.
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