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Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 9:58 a.m.

Final pretrial postponed for Ypsilanti Township man charged with murder

By Kody Klein

Judge Darlene O'Brien rescheduled the final pretrial for a 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man accused of murdering a 29-year-old Superior Township to May 20.


Leonard Ware

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Leonard Ware stands is on trial for the murder Bhagavan Allen in the middle of Grove Street in Ypsilanti on Oct. 3. His final pretrial was scheduled for Monday, but his attorney, Jeffery Taylor, asked O'Brien to adjourn because several DNA tests had not been completed.

"In a case of this magnitude, you want to have all the information that's been gathered," Taylor said.

Ware is charged with open murder, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Taylor said that the tests will determine whether saliva found on a cigarette and a water bottle matches Ware's DNA. Witnesses said they saw the suspect smoking a cigarette and drinking water behind a tree while he waited for Allen to appear.

Witnesses testified they saw Ware and Allen walking on opposite sides of Grove Street when Ware allegedly shot Allen twice, causing him to fall to the ground. At that point, they said Ware ran to Allen and allegedly shot him at least three more times, until he was dead.

If convicted, Ware could face life in prison. He is being held without bond at Washtenaw County Jail.

His trial was scheduled for April 15, but was rescheduled for June 10.

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