Suspects question whether statements in Bloomfield Hills shooting were legal
Pontiac – — Two suspects allegedly involved in an April attack and shooting of an attorney at his Bloomfield Hills home are questioning whether their statements being used against them were voluntary and freely given to detectives.
Cassandra Chobod, Devon Miller, Christopher Hernandez-Montiel and Henry Louis Miller are all charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and home invasion in the April 30 attack at the home of attorney David Zacks who was wounded by gunshots fired through his front door.
Miller, identified by police as the shooter, is also charged with assault with intent to murder and felony firearm in the incident.
Raymond Corrello, Miller’s attorney and Markeisha Washington, Chobod’s attorney, appeared before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha Anderson on Wednesday seeking to have incriminating statements made during police interviews inadmissible during trial.
Assistant prosecutor Jeffrey Hall gave Anderson video discs of the interviews to help decide the matter.
“The interview of my client indicates he suffered some kind of a seizure during his interview and I would like him to have a forensic exam for mental competency and criminal responsibility,” Corello said.
Troy Police Detective Kristine Shuler testified Chodob of Sterling Heights contacted police two days after the incident requesting to talk to detectives.
Shuler is part of a multi-agency major crimes task force which helps other departments in investigations.
“She (Chobod) reached out and contacted police and said she had information and wanted to speak,” Shuler told Anderson. “She said she didn’t have a ride so we picked her up.”
Chobod has been described by investigators as the person who had visited Zacks’ residence and had inside knowledge of valuables at the home they could steal. The plan was to go to the address, get inside and rob Zacks. Instead, when Miller allegedly knocked on the door and identified himself as a police officer Zacks yelled to his wife to call the police and was wounded when several gunshots were fired through the front door.
During a three-hour interview with detectives, in which Shuler said Chobod was advised of her Miranda Rights and signed a release, Shuler said. She also provided details of the incident and also went with investigators and pointed out Miller’s apartment for them.
All four of the defendants are held in the Oakland County Jail pending Dec. 2 trial.