McDonough trial will begin when COVID-19 sanctions allow

A trial for St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough will be scheduled when COVID-19-related sanctions allow.

During a Zoom-broadcasted pretrial conference Friday afternoon, Kalamazoo County District Court Judge Vincent Westra said the matter will move forward when the St. Joseph County courts system is at a level where it can conduct such legal proceedings.

At this time, St. Joseph County is in Phase 2. Westra said courts need to get to Phase 3 before jury trials may be scheduled. As a result, he added, the McDonough case will remain in a holding pattern.

Westra set a personal recognizance bond of $500 and reiterated a number of conditions established in McDonough’s waiver arraignment. Westra also asked that attorney Michael Hills produce a copy of McDonough’s fingerprints, as there was a question about whether McDonough was fingerprinted when he was processed into Cass County Jail the night of his May 11 arrest in Lockport Township.

Michigan assistant attorney general Gregory Townsend had no objections to a personal-recognizance bond nor did he contest any of the conditions imposed on McDonough.

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