Trial delayed for suspect in federal judge’s shooting

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The trial for a man charged in the shooting of federal Judge Terrence Berg has been delayed.

Kevin Smith, 23, was scheduled to be in court Wednesday, but the trial has been adjourned to May 9 for pre-trial motions. It is scheduled to be heard before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny.

Berg was shot outside his home March 5 in the city’s University District. The judge has returned to the bench after recovering from his wounds.

Smith has been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.

Police say Smith is part of a gang of individuals who are suspected in home invasions and robberies in parts of Detroit’s northwest side. Two other men have been charged in incidents. Timothy Russell and Dondiego Adams, who have not been named in the Berg case, were charged in other cases involving home invasions and robbery.

Berg says he is prepared if he is called to testify against the alleged trigger man and another suspect indicted Monday in the March shooting of the federal jurist outside his home on the city’s west side.

“If it should come to that it’s fine,” Berg told The Detroit News in December. “I would have no hesitation testifying in court.”

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