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Posted on Sun, Mar 24, 2013 : 11:20 a.m.

Man accused of killing co-worker in Ypsilanti street returns to court Monday

By Kyle Feldscher

The man accused of killing his co-worker in the middle of an Ypsilanti street last year will return to court for a final pretrial hearing on Monday.


Leonard Ware

Courtesy of WCSO

Leonard Ware, 34, 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. He’ll be in court for a final pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien.

Ware is accused of shooting and killing Bhagavan Allen, 29, in the middle of Grove Street on Oct. 3. The incident between the two men began with an argument at Marsh Plating Co. in Ypsilanti, where Ware was Allen’s supervisor.

According to witnesses who testified at a preliminary exam, Ware and Allen walked on opposite sides of Grove Street. Ware crossed the street at one point and allegedly pulled out a gun.

Ware allegedly shot Allen twice, causing him to fall to the ground. Witnesses said Ware ran up to Allen as he lay on the ground, stood over him and fired at least three more shots into Allen, killing him.

Ware faces spending the rest of his life behind bars if he is convicted on the charge of open murder. He is being held without bond in the Washtenaw County Jail.

His trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. April 15, according to court records.

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



Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

There must be unresolved issues for there to be another pre-trial hearing. Yet the trial itself is still scheduled to take place. The judge and possibly the prosecutor apparently believe that whatever resolution is reached will not affect the scheduling of the trial itself. Speculating about the proceedings is not judging the accused. And in regard to these proceedings, the defense is probably hoping for a plea deal.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 4:01 p.m.

In my experience, the final pretrial hearing is the last date any motions can be filed in the case and can sometimes just be a check up on the way to trial.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 1:55 a.m.

RIP Bhagavan