Hearing next month for woman accused of killing friend

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Livonia — The preliminary examination for the woman charged with beating her friend to death with a slow cooker last year was scheduled Thursday for next month.

Tewana Sullivan, 50, whose lawyer said is competent to stand trial, will have the show-cause hearing Feb. 5 before 16th District Judge Sean Kavanagh.

Sullivan's attorney, John McWilliams, said he is prepared to go to forward with the case.

"I am not going to ask for a second opinion," Sullivan's attorney, McWilliams, said Wednesday.

"It's not that she is OK. She is OK for now."

Sullivan has been charged in the death of Cheryl Livy, 66. McWilliams said Sullivan and Livy had been drinking when the two got into an argument at the McNamara Towers senior housing complex in the 19300 block of Purlingbrook, about 10 p.m. Oct. 22 and Livy ended up being hit with the slow cooker.

"It's a recipe for tragedy," McWilliams said. He added Sullivan suffered some injuries in the incident and that her blood alcohol level that day registered at 0.41. A driver is considered legally drunk with a BAC of 0.08.

"That's just out of sight," McWilliams said.

Livy's daughter, Eva Livy, said her mother was not drinking.

The prosecutor handling the case asked Kavanagh to order the competency exam saying there are "many, many red flags" about Sullivan's mental state and she has a "significant history of mental illness and drug abuse."

Originally, Sullivan was charged with assault with intent to murder in the incident but those charges were upgraded to first-degree murder after Livy died.

Sullivan, who was denied bond, is being held in the Wayne County jail.


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