Fatal stabbing suspect bound over to circuit court
By Bria Brown
Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Stager, Roseville Police Sgt. Steve Dzierzawski, defense attorney Camilla Barkovic and Stacey Glass listen to Judge Marco Santia inside his courtroom at the 39th District Court April 12.
Posted April 18, 2017
ROSEVILLE — After hearing closing arguments April 12 from Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Stager and defense attorney Camilla Barkovic, 39th District Court Judge Marco Santia decided to bind over Stacey Glass’ case to the 16th Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.
The next court date is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 1.
Glass is charged with one count of manslaughter, a 15-year felony, for allegedly stabbing to death Shane Bigger, 31, at Glass’ home on Birmingham Street Jan. 28.
During the March 29 preliminary examination, Stager wanted to continue her research regarding Glass’ medical records. However, in her closing arguments April 12, Stager presented to the court that she was no longer going forward with it.
“At this time, I am not going to be furthering my argument on that. If the time comes that we do have to deal with that, perhaps up in circuit court if we make it there, then we will be doing a motion at that time in regards to those medical records,” said Stager.
“We believe we have provided the court with probable cause to find that the defendant did kill Shane Bigger. We’ve heard testimony from the defendant’s mother, Kathy Hill, who stated the same: that Ms. Glass came to her home the night of Jan. 28, 2017, in the middle of the night.
She was crying, she was upset, and she admitted to her mom she in fact did kill Shane Bigger,” said Stager.
Stager continued to review the testimony.
“We heard from multiple witnesses that the house was covered in blood. The only two rooms that did not have blood in it were the laundry room and a juvenile daughter’s room,” she said.
“(Macomb County Medical Examiner Mary Pietrangelo) testified that the victim suffered from four stab wounds, two of them which were fatal, and she did find that the cause of death were two stab wounds to the back and the manner of death was homicide,” said Stager.
Stager said that if Glass was in fear for her life, there was no evidence, but the proof showed that Glass killed Bigger.
Barkovic objected to the case being bound over to circuit court, because she said her client reacted in self-defense.
Barkovic also said that none of the testimonies from the Roseville police officers or the medical examiner could tell the court what happened before the stab wounds occurred.
“None of the police officers could tell this court what happened. None of them could tell the court that Ms. Glass did not act in self-defense.
None of the police officers could basically make any comments as to what transpired before the alleged killing,” said Barkovic.
“As we heard from the medical examiner, she could not tell us what happened on the day in question. She could not tell us what transpired before Mr. Bigger sustained the stab wounds or his various injuries. She couldn’t tell us how he sustained those wounds or those injuries,” said Barkovic.
After Santia heard the closing remarks, he explained his decision.
“From what I saw, from the testimony of the medical examiner, this is probably one of the most brutal acts of passion that I’ve ever seen. There’s no question in my mind that, if anything, Mr. Bigger was laying on his back or was sitting down when those blows were delivered to him. There’s no question in my mind as far as that’s concerned — even if there was a claim of self-defense, which has not been established from any evidence — that Ms. Glass went well beyond what was necessary to defend herself,” said Santia.
Santia said the attack was “brutal and vicious,” and the charge against Glass was appropriate.
“Although I don’t always agree with the prosecution in terms of the charge they set for the court, I think in this case it was an appropriate charge based on the element of the crime and the number of injuries to Mr. Bigger,” said Santia. “The court then will bind the matter over for trial.”
Stacey Glass’ bond was continued at $100,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent.
About the author
Staff Writer Bria Brown covers Eastpointe and Roseville as well as East Detroit Public Schools and Roseville Community Schools for the Eastsider. Bria has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and graduated from Oakland University.
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