Hearing delayed for brothers accused of abducting Ypsilanti man
The brothers accused of shooting and kidnapping an Ypsilanti man earlier this month will return to court in two weeks after more evidence is turned over to their attorneys.
Clinton Desir, 23, and Allan Tomlinson, 26, were in the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. The two are being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $200,000 bond as they face a myriad of violent crime charges.
Attorney Erika Julien is representing Tomlinson and Steven Tramontin is representing Desir. Julien said in court Tuesday she is waiting to get 911 calls, video from a party store and video from a squad car that is relevant to her defense.
“That’s something we would need to review,” she said.
Desir and Tomlinson are accused of abducting a 28-year-old Ypsilanti man from the corner of East Michigan Avenue and Park Street on Aug. 10. Police said the two men shot the man multiple times in the legs before dumping him on the side of Ford Road in Superior Township.
The man was found by passers-by on Ford Road who called 911. The man was bleeding at the scene but survived, according to police.
Desir is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Tomlinson faces those counts plus an added count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
District Court Judge Charles Pope said he was “reluctant” to grant an adjournment in the case because witnesses and law enforcement officers were ready to testify Tuesday. However, he said it was important Julien and Tramontin had all the necessary materials to mount a defense of their clients given the seriousness of the charges.
“It’s important to give the defense as much time to prepare as we can,” he said.
Tomlinson and Desir were arrested five days following the incident and have been lodged at the county jail since then. They were identified by a man who was with the 28-year-old when he was abducted, police said.
Tomlinson previously has served six-and-a-half years in prison for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery convictions in 2005.