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Old Town murder suspects going to trial

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 07:26:51-04

LANSING, Mich. — Leonardo Rosales and Hilario Rivera are charged in the June 28 murder of Reggie Craig in Old Town.

On Thursday, prosecutors were ready to show there was probable cause to go to trial.

But the suspects changed their minds at the eleventh hour.

"It depends on the circumstances and tactical decisions that are made by both the people and the defendant, so nothing out of the norm today."

The court proceedings for Rosales and Rivera were delayed for a while.

Prosecutors told FOX 47 News both men were deciding whether or not to waive their preliminary exams.

"It’s a probable cause hearing...and with a waiver of that, this case will move on to the circuit court, and this matter will continue in the trial court."

According to court documents, Rosales shot Craig in front of his apartment near east Cesar Chavez Avenue and Center Street after an altercation inside the Unicorn Bar.

Police say Rivera was the getaway driver.

Crino says the prosecution was prepared to show the judge security camera footage and present testimony from witnesses.

"Our position is that we were prepared to go forward today...we did not have to do that."

Crino says it normally takes six to nine months for a case to move to circuit court...and that we should expect the trial to begin next spring.

"We should be ready to go to trial at the appropriate time."

Rivera's bond was reduced from $100,000 cash to $20,000.

He’ll have to wear a tether until the trial begins.

Rosales is still being held without bail.

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