Melissa Walsh

Day remanded until trial for Woods home invasion, sexual assault

Grosse Pointe News | December 7th, 2017

Day remanded until trial for Woods home invasion, sexual assault By Melissa Walsh

Detroit — Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Kevin J. Cox denied bond to Gerald Day, Jr. during a hearing Friday, Dec. 1, for six active criminal cases resulting in at least 15 felony counts in Detroit, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Farms.

Day, 28, is remanded to custody until he stands trial March 12, 2018, for crimes committed in Grosse Pointe Woods April 15, 2017, including first-degree home invasion, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.

Friday’s bond hearing began with Day’s defense attorney Christine Grand requesting a “reasonable bond be set,” given Day, 28, lives with his mother.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Bennetts requested the remand based on the proximity of Day’s mother’s residence on Moross to the location of the Woods home invasion and sexual assault in the 19000 block of Raymond.

A police search of Day’s bedroom at the Moross residence uncovered items the prosecution links to the April 15 crimes in the Woods and two home invasions in Grosse Pointe Farms April 23. The items include a .25 caliber handgun and a backpack containing a ski mask, flat screwdriver and pepper spray.

Bennetts argued Day is “a definite flight risk and a definite danger to the community,” citing he was charged with first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, two counts of felonious assault and domestic violence committed in Detroit Dec. 20, 2016, prior to the crimes in the Grosse Pointe communities. Day faces life in prison for the charges in the Woods sexual assault case alone, she said.

Day was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court in July by Grosse Pointe Woods Judge Ted Metry on a $1 million bond as a habitual offender. Grosse Pointe Farms Judge Matthew Rumora bound Day over for the Farms home invasions cases after hearing evidence from the prosecution during a preliminary examination Nov. 6. Evidence presented to Rumora was collected by Woods police at the crime scene and from Day’s bedroom, by Farms police at and near the locations of the home invasions and by City of Grosse Pointe police in the backyard of the home on Washington where a home invasion and sexual assault occurred April 22. The City case was dismissed due to the child victim not wanting to testify, but footprint evidence collected there was submitted by the prosecution in the Farms home invasion cases.

Prior to the motion hearing/final conference scheduled Feb. 2, 2018, the prosecution will submit “possible resolution on all matters” for the defendant to consider, Bennetts told the court.

“If I receive a resolution, I will not wait until final conference to bring it to the court,” Grand said.