Saline teenager to face trial in February for armed robbery
The teenager accused of robbing a drug dealer of marijuana in July at a Saline apartment complex will stand trial in February, according to court officials.
James Brewer, 17, faces two counts each of armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon for the July 26 incident where police say Brewer and three other men robbed and assaulted a man who was expecting to sell some marijuana to Emily Beach, 16, who has also been charged in the incident.
Brewer’s trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz’s courtroom. Brewer is currently free on a 10 percent of $75,000 bond. Beach is scheduled to come in front of Swartz for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The trial date is subject to change if more motions are filed, according to court officials.
Police say that Beach allegedly set up a drug deal with Justin Galea at the Six Trails Apartments in Saline. Galea said at a preliminary exam in November that he was sitting on a stoop outside of the apartment complex at about 11 p.m. when four men approached him.
One of the men punched him in the head and searched through his pockets. Another man stood near Galea and pointed a gun at him, Galea said. The man with the gun, who witnesses testified was not Brewer at the preliminary exam, also pointed the gun at Galea’s girlfriend and her mother when they came to see what was going on, according to police.
Beach faces two counts each of armed robbery and unarmed robbery for allegedly setting up the deal. She was never seen at the apartment complex, according to police and witnesses.
If convicted, both Beach and Brewer could face a maximum of life in prison.
Police have stated that it is unlikely Galea will be charged in the case.