January 10, 2013GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Prosecution is delayed one month for a man arrested minutes into Christmas morning for drawing a pistol and demanding entry to the house of his estranged wife and their children.
The extra month allows Milton Maurice Green, 35, of Detroit, and his court-appointed attorney more time to prepare a defense.
Green is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Penalties total six years in prison.
Green returns to Farms Municipal Court at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, for a preliminary hearing.
He admitted during his arraignment Dec. 26, being refused entry to his estranged wife’s house in the 400 block of Moross at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25.
He’d arrived to help two of his children celebrate a belated Christmas Eve, he said.
Green, licensed to carry a concealed weapon, denied responding to his wife’s rebuff by pointing a loaded, semi-automatic pistol at her through a side-door window.
His preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 2.
“Today’s the date and time set for preliminary exam,” said Judge Matthew Rumora, opening the session. “How are we proceeding?”
Terms of the adjournment maintain restrictions that visiting Judge Russell Ethridge imposed while arraigning Green and setting bond of $25,000, or 10 percent.
Restrictions forbid Green from contacting his wife. He also can’t go within a mile of the house on Moross.
“He cannot call, e-mail, text — no communication whatsoever,” Gary Bresnehan, principal attorney in the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, said last week during the adjourned prelim.
“No communication towards the complainant,” Rumora said. “Do you understand that, Mr. Green?”
“Yes, I do,” Green answered.
“That includes mail, or e-mail, phone either through yourself or through third parties. OK?” Rumora said.
“Yes,” Green answered.