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Posted on Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

Man accused of holding girlfriend against her will to get new lawyer

By Kyle Feldscher

The Garden City man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and holding her against her will is going to get a new lawyer as his case is delayed for another two weeks.

Julian Hearn, 29, faces 12 charges from a July 7 incident on the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where he allegedly entered his girlfriend’s apartment in the morning hours, argued with her, grabbed her and destroyed two of her cellphones and a laptop computer after she threatened to call police.

His court case was delayed until 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 because the relationship between Hearn and Gary Jones, his lawyer, had deteriorated to the point where Jones requested he be removed from the case. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz granted the motion and appointed the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office to represent Hearn, with Assistant Public Defender Christopher Renna taking the case.

According to police, Hearn waited until officers left his girlfriend’s apartment following the investigation into the initial incident and forced her into his car. Police said he allegedly drove her around Ann Arbor for an hour and a half before dropping her off near her apartment.

Hearn is currently free on bond.

He is facing two counts each of intimidating a witness, interfering with a crime report and interfering with electronic communications and one count each of interfering with a police investigation, domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment, first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000.

Note: Christopher Renna's title has been corrected.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

Love the headline! Did it work? Holding his girlfriend to get a new lawyer? Isn't that a hostage situation and they gave in?


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 3:01 p.m.

The headline is confusing here: "Man accused of holding girlfriend against her will to get new lawyer" Makes it sound as if he tried to obtain a new lawyer by holding his girlfriend against her will.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:05 a.m.

Can I call this a person (out of control) or controlling?


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 3:45 a.m.

Emotions are flying with this one!