Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon hears more evidence in preliminary hearing

Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 21:35:57-04

Three more witnesses testified for the Michigan Attorney General in the case against Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon.

She’s charged with lying to investigators in the Dr. Larry Nassar case and faces up to four years in prison.

Paulette Granberry Russell worked in the Office of Inclusion and on the Title IX complaint about Nassar and had meetings with President Simon in May of 2014. However, her testimony was she did not recall if she discussed Nassar with the president then and there are no notes or email in which she mentions Nassar to the president.

Simon told investigators she did not know about Nassar until 2016.

Two other witnesses for the prosecution helped establish that Simon could have known and remembered in 2014.

June Youatt is the MSU Provost and was among those who eventually fired Nassar. She testified Simon was a manager concerned about risk, and Margie Howe was an assistant to Simon for ten years and testified Simon was detail oriented.

This hearing is to determine if there’s enough evidence for Simon to stand trial. It won’t continue until June 11 in Eaton County District Court.