Pittsfield Township — Two men were ordered to stand trial on charges related to the robbery and fatal shooting of an Eastern Michigan University football player.
A preliminary examination resumed Monday at 14A-1 District Court, and District Judge Richard Conlin ruled there was enough evidence to send the two, both of Detroit, to trial in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
Ed Thomas, 20, and Kristopher Pratt, 19, were bound over on open murder and armed robbery charges. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 25 before Judge Donald Shelton.
An open murder charge means that the jury has the option of considering first- or second-degree murder. Conlin dismissed a charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Both men remain jailed. The court hearing began Jan. 17.
The pair are accused in the October slaying of Demarius Reed at his off-campus Ypsilanti apartment.
Police said Reed may have been targeted because he had on expensive-looking clothing.
The wide receiver’s roommate discovered his body at the bottom of a stairwell at an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 18. Police said Reed’s wallet and cellphone were taken.
Reed, 20, was a communications major from Chicago.
The school plans to hire 10 new full-time police officers by September 2014 to boost off-campus patrols. The off-campus death left EMU students on edge from a string of violent incidents in the area, including one in which a random bullet tore through an apartment wall and struck an EMU student in December.