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Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park

Drug suspect remains behind bars awaiting next hearing

June 19, 2013

Third Circuit Court Judge David Groner entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of Myron Tyronne Williams, 42, of Grosse Pointe Park, during an arraignment on information June 19.

“We will waive the formal hearing,” Williams’ court-appointed attorney, Gwendolyn Gordon, told the court.

Williams — who is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and delivery of marijuana — stood silently in his jail uniform in front of the judge during the brief hearing. Considered a possible suspect in the May 16 strangulation of his neighbor, Sabrina Gianino, 35, Williams is being held in jail on a $250,000 cash/surety bond on the drug charges. As of press time, Williams had not been formally charged in the homicide, but Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court Judge Carl Jarboe acknowledged in a hearing last month that Williams “is the subject of an ongoing homicide investigation.”

That investigation has apparently prompted the high bond, which Gordon has objected to before. The prosecutor and defense attorney met in the judge’s chambers for several minutes before the hearing began.

“I’ve explained the reasons behind it,” Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Stevens told the judge of the bond. Stevens was sitting in on the hearing for Molly Kettler, an assistant prosecuting attorney in the homicide unit of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“I am aware of the situation,” Groner said.

Gordon told the judge she ordered a pretrial services report in Grosse Pointe Park, but wasn’t sure if 3rd Circuit Court officials had received it.

At press time, a docket conference in the case had been set for 9 a.m. June 26 in 3rd Circuit Court.

“We’ll just continue the bond until then,” Groner said.

Kettler said during the second half of Williams’ preliminary exam June 12 in Park Municipal Court that, according to the Michigan State Police lab testing results, police seized a bag with 840.8 grams of marijuana from the attic portion of a flat in the 1300 block of Wayburn, where Williams was said to be living with his wife and their four children. Kettler said another 29.12 grams of the drug were found inside a Bill Knapp’s doughnut box in the second-floor flat bedroom occupied by Williams’ nephew, Cardell Williams, 22. During his testimony at a May 29 hearing, Cardell Williams said he had been given the marijuana found in his room by his uncle.

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