New prosecutor to be assigned in case against former teacher

The Michigan attorney general’s office is taking over prosecution of the state’s case against former Centreville Public Schools teacher Terry Miller.
Miller, 47, of Centreville, faces charges of criminal sexual conduct. His trial had been scheduled to begin Feb. 15.
At a hearing Monday before St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said he became aware of a witness who is related to a member of his office staff.
After learning of that information, McDonough notified the defense counsel and requested the attorney general assign another prosecutor. McDonough said the attorney general’s office agreed that a conflict exists.
It may take a few weeks for a new prosecutor to be assigned, McDonough said. The case then will be evaluated and additional hearings will proceed.
Charges in the case have been amended from more than 100 criminal sexual conduct charges to 13, involving three alleged victims. McDonough said charges were amended to simplify jury deliberation.

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