Calvin Ware, a 43-year-old Lansing man, is now on trial for the 2011 death of Desmond Dorris who was shot at the CATA bus station in downtown Lansing. In March of 2012, Lansing District Judge Hugh Clarke called the evidence against Ware “less than overwhelming.” Prosecutors said at Ware’s preliminary hearing in March that the victim’s girlfriend, Mollie Field, witnessed the murder. Field testified at that hearing.
Ware faces several charges including felony firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and open murder. News reports state that he was set to appear before Ingham Circuit Judge Clinton Canady on Tuesday.
At the preliminary hearing last March, it was determined that the victim and the suspect had been involved in a feud just days before the shooting occurred. Ware is accused of shooting Dorris, who was 31 at the time, on the afternoon of December 20, 2011 at 420 S. Grand Avenue, where the bus station is located. Brian Laxton, Ware’s attorney, stated during this hearing that he considered Field’s testimony flawed; he questioned whether she was in a position to visually identify Ware as the shooter. Judge Clarke said during his ruling, “I find that to be the case — there is some conflict here that could raise a reasonable doubt concerning the identification of the shooter.” However, he said that the jury would decide the issue.
Field’s testified that the incident happened as she was sitting with Dorris, who was a drug dealer, and that she saw the shooter’s arm and backside as he fled the scene. She also said that she never saw the shooter’s face under cross-examination.
Laxton asked Judge Clarke to dismiss the case due to a lack of evidence. After a recess, the judge bound Ware over to Circuit Court.
Michigan criminal defense lawyers would certainly agree that there is reasonable doubt in this case, especially after learning that Fields did not see the shooter’s face, and could not positively identify him as Ware.
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