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Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 5:17 p.m.

Man accused in fatal shooting of co-worker to stand trial in April

By Kyle Feldscher

The man accused of killing Bhagavan Allen at point blank range during a shooting in Ypsilanti in October will stand trial in April, record show.

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Leonard Ware

Courtesy of WCSO

Leonard Ware, 34, is accused of shooting Allen following an argument at Marsh Plating Co., where the two worked. Ware is charged with open murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to court records, Ware’s trial is set to being at 8:30 a.m. April 15 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien. He’ll return to court for a final pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 25 in front of O’Brien.

Ware was in court for a pretrial hearing Monday.

According to testimony at a preliminary exam in November, Ware shot Allen on Oct. 3 in the middle of Grove Street in Ypsilanti. Witnesses testified Ware fired two shots at Allen after he turned to face Ware with his hands in the air, screaming “No no no!”

Allen was shot twice before falling to the ground. A witness said Ware stood over the fallen man and fired at least three more shots into Allen, killing him.

The two men had been arguing earlier in the day because Ware didn’t believe Allen was working hard enough, police said. Allen threatened to fight Ware and the two men exchanged verbal threats, according to testimony.

Jeff Taylor, Ware’s attorney, alleged at the exam Allen slapped Ware in the face.

Ware is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond. If convicted on the open murder charge, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

Tru2Blu76

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 2:52 a.m.

"Witnesses testified Ware fired two shots at Allen after he turned to face Ware with his hands in the air, screaming "No no no!" Allen was shot twice before falling to the ground. A witness said Ware stood over the fallen man and fired at least three more shots into Allen, killing him." ---If convicted on the open murder charge, Ware faces a maximum sentence of life... with free room & board at tax payer expense. Mr. Allen's hostile way of dealing with Mr. Ware aside, it still remains that Mr. Ware had non-violent alternatives to "resolving" the conflict from start to finish. I guess that because he was already an ex-con, continuation on that track "seemed" the best idea.

John of Saline

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 2:51 a.m.

Sounds like it should be a short trial.

paul

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 12:10 a.m.

From earlier reports, he wasn't begging for his life a little bit earlier, when he was telling him and everybody else what he was going to do to him after work.

WalkingJoe

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 10:57 p.m.

Question Kyle, I thought Judge Darlene O'Brien was the Probate Court Judge? If so can she hear criminal cases too?

WalkingJoe

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 11:07 p.m.

I wasn't aware of the change, thanks Kyle.

Kyle Feldscher

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 11:01 p.m.

WalkingJoe- With Judge Morris' retirement, the jobs of the judges have been shuffled around a bit. O'Brien is now hearing criminal cases and Judge Kuhnke replaced her.