Funeral services set for attorney Woodards; decision on charges in crash could take 'several weeks'

The Detroit News

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday it has received a warrant request from the Detroit Police Department in connection with the police-involved crash that claimed the life of noted local attorney Cliff Woodards II.

"It will take several weeks before forensic reports are received," said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. "These are required before a charging decision can be made in this matter."

Services for Woodards will take place Saturday followed by a private funeral, according to the Charles Step Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home at 18425 Beech Daly in Redford Township, according to information on the funeral home's website. A private funeral begins at 4 p.m.

Cliff Woodards II

The longtime defense attorney was killed early Monday after a crash involving a Detroit police SUV. The Detroit Police Department is investigating the incident.

Woodards, 58, had been returning from a Super Bowl gathering when the crash occurred at about 1 a.m. at the Interstate 96 Service Drive and West Chicago. 

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Friends and colleagues said Woodards was known for his courtroom arguments and his signature suits, colorful shirts and for wearing a thin gold chain with a charm of the scales of justice.

He was a "colorful, intelligent, committed person," said Karen Dumas, a political strategist and longtime friend. He was a looming figure in the legal community, she said.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Black Law Student Association at Wayne State University in Woodards' honor.

Covid restrictions require the funeral home to limit mourners to 25% capacity.  A virtual visitation will be available.