Michael Tarris Rashad Norris was scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing on Friday, July 26 in connection with the September 2012 shooting deaths of 22-year-old Alvaro Carrillo-Menendez and 45-year-old Felix Romeo Reyes-Santos. Now, the probable cause hearing has been delayed due to what Norris’ attorney Christopher Dennie called a ‘voluminous discovery.’ According to a news article at Mlive.com, Dennie desired to delay the hearing after receiving this evidence from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.
The probable cause hearing has been rescheduled for August 9 after Grand Rapids District Court Judge Benjamin Logan agreed to the delay.
Norris was arraigned in July in connection with the Labor Day 2012 fatal shooting, which police say was an attempted robbery that went bad. Norris is charged with three counts of attempted murder, and two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Carrillo-Menendez and Reyes-Santos. A witness who was with Norris claims that he saw the two victims carting a case of beer, and Norris eyeing the two men. Manuel Rosado was allegedly with Norris, and claims that Norris said he was ‘broke’ and intended to rob the men. He went on to say that he witnessed the two men tumbling to the ground after hearing a bang. Rosado was charged with three counts of assault with intent to rob while armed.
Norris also allegedly shot another man approximately an hour later in the area of Buchanan Avenue SW and Griggs Street, although the victim survived.
Norris is also charged with two felony firearms counts. If convicted of the felony murder and gun charges, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He is currently being held without bond in the Kent County Jail; Rosado was held on a $750,000 bond.
While news articles do not indicate what the ‘voluminous’ evidence Norris’ attorney received is, Michigan murder attorneys know that this is one of the most serious charges a person can face. It is always a tragedy when a person who is 24 years old may potentially spend the rest of his or her life behind bars.
Individuals who have been arrested for or charged with felony murder, manslaughter, or any serious or violent offense must speak with a skilled Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately regarding your case.