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Former Blackman Township police officer David Lubahn will face trial on perjury, misconduct charges

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Posted at 7:08 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 19:08:49-05

JACKSON, Mich — A former Blackman Township police officer accused of lying to a judge and putting misleading information in an arrest report has been bound over for trial Jackson County's 4th Circuit Court.

The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 23, 2019, when David Lubahn and other officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Blackman Township.

Upon arrival, they discovered a gun safe and a key in a hotel room. Lubahn is accused of using the key to open the safe before he had a search warrant.

According to the Michigan attorney general's office, Lubahn obtained a search warrant telling 12th district court Judge Michael Klaeren only that he had reason to believe there was a gun in the safe. Lubahn also wrote in his police report that he opened the safe after obtaining the search warrant.

Now he's being charged with one count of misconduct in office and one count of perjury of a record or document.

Judge John McBain will preside over trial.

Lubahn's attorney Michael Vincent did not want to comment much on the case but said he believes McBain to be a fair judge.

No trial date has been set yet.

If found guilty, Lubahn could face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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