No verdict yet for cop in cellphone robbery trial

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — The jury deciding the fate of a St. Clair Shores police sergeant charged with armed robbery in a case involving his daughter’s stolen cellphone ended its deliberations Friday without a verdict. Jurors will resume their deliberations Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Monday is a federal holiday and government offices, including courts, will be closed.

Closing arguments were held Thursday in the case of Michael Notoriano, who is accused of getting the help of a friend, Detroit Police Sgt. David Pomeroy, to retrieve his daughter’s stolen phone at an eastside Detroit gas station, where prosecutors say the pair stole pot, cash and a gun during the July 2013 incident.

Pomeroy has since taken a plea in the case and is awaiting sentencing Wednesday.

In the case, Notoriano is accused of hitting one of the victims and also using the N-word.

During a hearing in the case in January 2014, a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy read several racist text messages about the incident that allegedly came from Notoriano’s phone, including one that read, “I swear, I could shoot that (N-word) and sleep like a baby at night.”

Another message also made reference to “going hunting.” The deputy also testified that several messages contained racial slurs.

Notoriano’s defense attorney, Todd Flood, testified there was no way to prove the police sergeant actually sent the texts.

The alleged victim in the case testified that Notoriano used a slur as he hit him.

The prosecutor handling the case said the two officers abused their authority. The trial began Jan. 20 before Judge Mark Slavens of Wayne County Circuit Court.

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George Hunter contributed.