Hit-man case against former prosecutor moves forward
The former Prosecutor in Leelanau County was back in court Friday afternoon. The hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to charge Clarence Gomery with solicitation to commit murder.
Prosectuors called just two witnesses. The first was Dale Fisher, the man police say Gomery tried to hire to kill fellow attorney Christopher Cook.
While on the witness stand, Fisher detailed multiple conversations he had with Gomery over the course of several weeks this past summer. Fisher told the court Gomery wanted Cook "eliminated" and " taken care of" because Cook was "destroying my (Gomery's) family".
The second witness was the detective leading the investigation. He described a conversation between Fisher and Gomery; a conversation that police recorded when Fisher agreed to wear a wire. That conversation included Gomery giving Fisher $1,000 to purchase a gun. The two also discussed ways to cover-up the crime.
Gomery's defense attorney, Frank Stanley, intially asked to court to delay Friday's pre-trial hearing. He told the judge he hasn't had enough time to prepare; he just agreed to take the case this week. It was the second time Gomery has changed counsel. The judge denied his request, and Stanley called no witnesses.
In the end, the judge decided there is enough evidence to send the case on the circuit court. In addition, prosecutors added a new charge - solicitation of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, a five year felony.
Gomery's attorney asked the court to re-consider the terms of his client's bond, but the judge sad it will remain at 5-million dollars.