CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor’s uncomfortable hunch during an online court hearing led to the arrest of a Michigan man who was inside the same home as a woman who was testifying against him in an assault case.
A judge in St. Joseph County quickly intervened after Deborah Davis noticed the woman’s body language and how she answered questions. The parties in most Michigan court hearings are not actually in a courtroom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have reason to believe that the defendant is in the same apartment as the complaining witness right now, and I am extremely scared for her safety,” Davis said during the March 2 hearing, which was conducted over video conference.
The victim and the defendant, Coby Harris, participated via separate video feeds, but their behavior caused Davis concern.