Defense argued passionately and persuasively during Jan. 23 preliminary exam; mainstream media limited that coverage
Go to 8:16:00 on video above to hear Atty. Brian Brown’s presentation followed by 36th District Court Chief Judge Kenneth King’s ruling
- Did the murder happen @ 1:30 am, not @4:30 am as prosecutor posits?
- Evidence at P/E shows prolonged struggle with 8 stabbings, copious blood, multiple bruises from beating
- Murder could not happen in time posited by AP, from 4:20 am (motion on liv. room sensors) to 4:23 am, (Jackson-Bolanos on video 1/4 mile away)
- Jackson-Bolanos would have been covered with blood, not 2 microscopic dots on sleeve, not visible to naked eye
- No direct video, cell phone, eyewitness evidence that Jackson-Bolanos was ever in Samantha Woll’s apartment
- “I know this is the preliminary exam, but they have to show specific and articulable facts.” –Atty. Brown, responding to Judge King’s inquiry re: why he should not just bind it over for the fact-finder
On Jan. 23, VOD watched the second half of the Michael Jackson-Bolanos preliminary exam on felony murder and other charges in the death of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll last October. While the mainstream media touched on various issues, it did not reflect the full extent of defense Attorney Brian Brown’s detailed and persuasive presentation. We are publishing the entire video here.
Below, VOD has summarized the most salient points in the defense presentation, which was interrupted several times by 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King.
In the earlier parts of the hearing, AP Elsey presented multiple videos from building and street cameras showing an individual alleged to be Jackson-Bolanos leaving his place of residence at 494 W. Alexandrine at 12:25 a.m, walking downtown on Woodward and then over to general area of the victim’s home (not inside the complex or home), then onward down E. Jefferson by the Robinson Furniture Store and Pizza Papalis, then traveling back to the parking lot of the Chrysler Elementary School parking lot at 1445 E. Lafayette (4:20 a.m) then to the I-375 service drive walkover (4:23 a.m.).
Note: Judge Kenneth King interrupted Brown repeatedly and impatiently.
BRIAN BROWN: The Officer in Charge stated she used records to indicate that Woll came home and there was motion around 12:32 a.m. at the front door. But the prosecutor failed to illustrate that at 12:35 am and 12:38 am the back door was opened. Also there was motion . . .
(Judge Kenneth King interrupts—”why is that significant?”)
She came through the front door, then opened the back door later, maybe she let somebody in.
(Judge King again: Maybe she was putting something out the back door who knows?)
DID THE MURDER OCCUR AT 1:30 AM, NOT 4:20 AM as prosecution says?
BRIAN BROWN: There was living room motion detected at 1:24 a.m. The last time Woll used her phone was at 1:30 a.m. We also know from the OIC that at 1:38 am a neighbor heard a scream. We also have photos from inside the house that would seem to indicate that she may have been stationary in the same place by closet door for a long time. There is a high concentration of blood there and streaks on the wall. A detective testified that there were footprints in the blood leading to the back of the apt. The OIC said that movement likely triggered the threshold of alarm system. So it’s very possible this murder could have happened much sooner than the prosecutor contends [at 4:20 pm.]
A PROLONGED STRUGGLE DURING BEATING, STABBING OF SAMANTHA WOLL, PRODUCING COPIOUS BLOOD SPILLS, NOT POSSIBLE IN 3 MINS.
BRIAN BROWN: Based on their opinion, it shows a struggle. There was fruit that was knocked down inside the kitchen, also blood in the living room and in the hallway. The prosecution’s timeline is that all of this happened in a matter of one minute. They claim my client entered the home at 4:20 am, beat her up—because there were bruises. The prosecutor omitted the bruises shown in the medical examiner’s report. They didn’t want the court to know that Samantha Woll had bruises on an eye, bruises on her head, bruises on her elbow, bruises on her knees.
Whoever did this crime had sufficient time, more than a 60-second window, in order to fight and tussle with her. There was blood in the living room, over by the laptop, and material that hadn’t been tampered with—such as her credit cards. There was no sign of a home invasion or a burglary. Whoever did this was not concerned with stealing any items. Her phone was on the floor. The FBI Special Agent testified that . . .
(Judge King interrupts again–how do you explain Ms. Woll’s DNA on the defendant’s jacket.)
It could be the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s possible he could have come across body, maybe touched the body, had blood just on two spots on the sleeve. (Brown noted neighbor who found the body may have touched it, but was never screened for blood traces.)
(Judge King: Tell me why that wouldn’t be a question for trier of fact?)
BRIAN BROWN: I don’t even believe they have enough evidence to fit into thejr time frame. They saw my client walking in front of the casino at 4:23 am a quarter mile away from the home, where there was motion at 4:20 a.m. They want you to think my client went inside this apartment, struggled with her, beat her up, and stabbed her 7 to 8 times, and went from room to room to room and then was able to make it a quarter mile away by 4:23 a.m. They can’t show us where my client actually entered this location.
Based upon all the blood and the nature of this crime, had my client stabbed her 8 different times on at numerous points in her body—she got stabbed in the back, in the bottom of her neck, he would have a lot more blood on his jacket.
Why don’t they have the longitude and latitude [on my client’s I-phone, for where my client was at that particular time. On Woll’s phone, they got longitude and latitude. Nothing pinpoints my client walking into that particular location. He was in that area but there was no evidence that my client was ever inside the location.
Brian Brown: “I know this is the preliminary exam, but they have to show specific and articulable facts here. They want the fact-finder to fill in the blanks. They left out specific things because it does not fit their narrative. It looks like she was there for an amount of time—she got up, got her bearings, tried to walk to the neighbor’s house. There is no evidence whatsoever that my client was involved. People purposely left out particular information. Would ask that you not bind this case over.”
VOD notes that stringent scrutiny of this case by the public is necessary in light of it’s high-profile nature. We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Samantha Woll in the wake of her horrific murder, which “should never have taken place” as Judge King noted.
But it comes at a time when there is massive bias in U.S. mainstream media and the stance of the ruling Democratic Party here, regarding the slaughter of over 25,000 Palestinians in Gaza after the Hamas incursion into Israel Oct. 7.
THIS SHOULD NOT TRANSMOGRIFY INTO THE RAILROAD OF A YOUNG AND POOR BLACK MAN IN A RUSH TO JUDGMENT ON A REPREHENSIBLE MURDER OF A PROMINENT JEWISH LEADER IN DETROIT. TO OBTAIN JUSTICE FOR SAMANTHA WOLL AND HER FAMILY, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE ACTUAL MURDERER BE FOUND, CHARGED AND TRIED. VOD IS NOT SATISFIED THAT OTHER SUSPECTS, INCLUDING ACTUAL ANTI-SEMITES, HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENTLY INVESTIGATED.
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