Attorneys Get More Time To Prepare Defense For 4 Charged In Shooting Of Bloomfield Hills Lawyer
BLOOMFIELD HILLS (WWJ) – Four people charged in the botched robbery and shooting of a lawyer at his Bloomfield Hills home faced a judge Monday morning.
A four defendants agreed to postpone their preliminary exams until later this month to give their attorneys time to prepare their cases.
Twenty-year-old Henry Williams and 21-year-old Devon Miller, the alleged shooter, are being held on $5 million bonds, while 23-year-old Cassandra Chobod and 20-year-old Christopher Hernandez Monteil are being held on $2 million bonds in connection with the attack on David Zacks.
Johnathan Jones, who represents Monteil, spoke to reporters at 48th District Court.
“(He’s) a real good kid; he’s never been in trouble. This is obviously a horrific event,” Jones said. “We need to find out what happened, what he knows, what the relationship between everybody is, and then we can move forward.”
Zacks, 57, called 911 just before midnight last Wednesday, reporting that a man impersonating a police officer shot him at his home in the 200 block of Woodwind, near Lahser and Square Lake roads.
Zacks told investigators the man identified himself as a police officer and asked to come in. When Zacks refused to let the man in and threatened to call police, the suspect fired multiple shots through the front door, striking Zacks several times.
Police have said Zacks was specifically targeted.
It’s alleged that Zachs was involved in a romantic relationship with Chobod, but her attorney, Markeisha Washington, would not confirm that on Monday.
Washington said, while reviewing the case, she’s been speaking with her client’s family members, who are stunned.
“They’re just simply devastated by the entire incident,” Washington said. “She’s hurt, they’re all hurt, so this is very difficult…”
Chobod is a new mother, Washington said.
Zacks, whose injuries were said to be life-threatening, underwent emergency surgery. He continues to recover.
All four defendants will be back in court on May 28.