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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Saline teenager to face trial in February for armed robbery

By Kyle Feldscher

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.

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


Basic Bob

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 4:19 p.m.

So there is a drug house operating in Saline and no one sees that as the source of the crime. If it was a few miles east we would be blaming the residents and landlord.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 2:59 p.m.

It still baffles me that the drug dealer seems to be getting away clean.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 4:34 p.m.

Me too, and the walking drunks! (to drunk to walk, fall a few times) 911 is called, EMT's get them to the hospital, (no insurance) after a few scans they leave the hospital.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 1:29 p.m.

How many wrongs make a right? Here seems there are enough wrongs for all involved to spend a little right time for the criminals robbing criminals. Not much common sense was used here.