MASON (WWJ/AP) – A key hearing has been delayed for a young man charged in the slaying of a Michigan State University student who was stabbed at an apartment complex near campus.
A preliminary hearing for Connor McCowan of Okemos was scheduled for Thursday in Mason District Court to determine if there’s enough evidence for trial — but it’s been delayed until April 18 because the judge knew McCowan’s family and removed himself from the case. Court officials say the judge’s son played lacrosse with McCowan at Okemos High School, WLNS reported.
McCowan, who is being held without bond, faces a murder charge in the death of 23-year-old Andrew Singler.
Police in Ingham County’s Meridian Township say Singler was stabbed around 4 a.m. Feb. 23, and died shortly after his roommate brought him to the emergency room at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital. Court records say the stabbing stemmed from an argument between Singler and McCowan’s sister, who were dating at the time. The two men are said to have exchanged multiple texts throughout the night, prior to the stabbing.
Singler, was expected to graduate in May, grew up in the Detroit suburb of Rochester.
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