Trial date set for accused killer Gregory Noack
The man accused of strangling Pittsfield Township resident Dawn Fital to death last year is scheduled to go to trial in May.
Gregory Noack is charged with an open count of murder, felony murder, kidnapping with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, tampering with evidence, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and larceny in a building.
His trial is scheduled to being at 8:30 a.m. May 7, according to a ruling by Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz.
Police say Noack killed Fital after an argument on June 13 in the bed of their Arbor Knoll apartment in Pittsfield Township.
According to a video shown as evidence in a preliminary exam, Noack admitted to police he climbed on top of Fital, wrapped duct tape around her face and mouth as a gag and choked her until she died.
After killing Fital, police say Noack stuffed her body into a suit case and drove to Merilville, Ind., early on June 14 in Fital’s Chevrolet Blazer, which he attempted to disguise.
Washtenaw County Assistant Public Defender Christopher Renna, Noack’s attorney, asked for another pretrial hearing in order to introduce more motions in the case to follow up the evidentiary hearing held in late January when Renna questioned the confession Noack gave to police.
Swartz eventually ruled that all evidence seized in the case was done so legally. He informed Renna that he will have to file all of his motions in the time leading up to the trial.
Noack is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail without bond.
Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter.
Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 1:44 a.m.
Held without bond is GOOD! If he is found guilty in trial, no plea, life in prison sounds right!
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.
Murder=life in prison. NO deals.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.
I seriously doubt the prosecutors have offered any kind of deal. The defendant confessed in detail, the judge ruled the confession admissible, and there's substantial corroborating physical evidence. Not only that, but the defendant's confession included an admission of premeditation. In short, the prosecution has a very strong case for first degree murder. Prosecutors are unlikely to offer any plea deal in that circumstance. When prosecutors refuse to offer a deal, the defendant has no motivation to plead-- that's why the case is going to trial, regardless of the apparently overwhelming evidence against the defendant.