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Beline Obeid

Case will wait for witness to appear in court

February 14, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS - A preliminary hearing about the Christmas morning gunman was canceled last week for want of the main prosecution witness.

She didn't show up.

She now faces a court order to attend the rescheduled hearing at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court.

“If she doesn't show up on the 20th, I could issue a bench warrant for her arrest,” said Judge Matthew Rumora.

Defendant Milton Maurice Green, 35, of Detroit, is being prosecuted for his alleged conduct at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, outside a house occupied by his estranged wife and their children in the 400 block of Moross near Mack.

Multiple public safety officers responded to the wife's call for help when, having denied Green entry, he drew a Glock .45-caliber pistol loaded with 10 hollow-point bullets and threatened her and her male companion, according to police.

Charges include assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Penalties total six years if convicted.

Green's prelim, already adjourned Jan. 2 to give his court-appointed attorney, Raymond Burkett, more time to prepare a defense, was canceled Wednesday, Feb. 6, because the wife didn't attend.

“We have some more issues we want to address between the parties, which is why we'd like to have the case rescheduled to March 20,” said Gary Bresnehan, principal attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor's office.

“Green's wife's feeling was if she didn't show up in court, it should have been dropped,” said Detective Lt. Richard Rosati.

That's not how it works. Domestic violence cases can be pursued by the state.

“They've been taken out of complainant's hand because most victims are too intimidated by the abuser to continue,” Rosati said.

Green remains free on $25,000 bond. Terms forbid him having contact with the woman, even by telephone or e-mail.

“Now she wants her husband back in the picture to help take care of their three kids,” Rosati said.

The woman's reported change of mind is quite a turnaround from Christmas morning.

“We responded to her when she needed us and diffused a volatile satiation,” Rosati said. “We're on her side.”

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