(COLDWATER) – A Coldwater man has had his case bound over to Branch County Circuit Court.
District Court officials say 41 year old Chad Danbury waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday. Danbury is charged with second degree murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in the June 2018 death of 36 year old Grant Morrison.
Danbury was arrested in October after turning himself in at the Branch County Jail.
At 12:25 AM on June 3, 2018, Michigan State Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Morning Glory Lane to investigate an assault. Troopers arrived and found Morrison unconscious. They performed CPR but were not able to revive him.
During their initial investigation, troopers determined that Morrison and Danbury had gotten into a fight and Morrison had reportedly been choked. It was also determined the two men had been drinking and Morrison's blood alcohol level was .24.
Medical Examiner Dr. Troy Davis said at the time Morrison's death was because of asphyxiation due to neck compression. Then Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble declined to pursue charges, saying after the investigation they could not find any criminal intent on Danbury's part.
Current Branch County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Zachary Stempien says the charges against Danbury were brought after further investigation by the State Police.
Danbury plead not guilty to the charges and remains free after posting a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference on March 2.
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