Day two of the the Ihab Maslamani case will see about a dozen witnesses take the stand in Macomb County, a day after his defense attorney drops what he admitted to be a bombshell in front of the jury.
Attorney Jospeh Kosmala admitted his client robbed a bank and carjacked Matthew Landry last summer, but said he didn’t kill him. That Landry had crossed paths with Maslamani and co-defendant Robert Taylor, and they were horsing around in the parking lot of the subshop in Eastpointe where prosecutors claim Landry was kidnapped.
During the opening day of testimony Tuesday, the prosecution offered a witness, 19-year-old teller Sarah Maynard. Before Macomb County Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski, Maynard testified she didn’t hear Maslamani enter the bank, but soon became aware he was standing behind her as she prepared to cash her first paycheck.
“I felt a gun to the back of my head… I heard him say ‘Give me $50,000 or I’m gonna kill her,” Maynard said.
Earlier Tuesday, a Flagstar Bank teller testified.
Maslamani is on trial for the August 10th bank robbery, along with the attempted carjacking, kidnapping and murder of 21-year old Matthew Landry.
Authorities said Landry was kidnapped at gunpoint in Eastpointe and held for four days last summer in a vacant Detroit house before he was shot in the head.
Robert Taylor, 17, also is charged in the August 2009 abduction. Taylor’s trial is expected to start later this year.
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