Melissa Walsh

Day to stand trial for home invasion, sexual assault

Grosse Pointe News | November 23rd, 2017

Det day to stand trial

Day to stand trial for home invasion, sexual assault By Melissa Walsh

Detroit -- Gerard Day, Jr. appeared in Wayne County Third Circuit Judicial courtroom of Judge Kevin J. Cox Monday, Nov. 13 in the arraignment of the information hearing for two April 23 home invasions in Grosse Pointe Farms. Day left the courtroom with signed trial orders for crimes he allegedly committed in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Woods.

Day was arrested April 23 by Farms public safety officers following an hours-long manhunt in a perimeter closed off by police following calls from the victims of the home-invasions.

During Monday’s hearing Judge Cox reviewed four additional cases in which Day is the prosecution’s prime suspect -- two home-invasion cases with additional criminal charges in Detroit and in Grosse Pointe Woods, a separate felon in possession of a firearm case in Grosse Pointe Woods and an auto theft case in Grosse Pointe Farms. Day’s defense attorney, Christine Grand, entered on the record a competency report dated Oct. 24 assessing Day as competent to stand trial in the Woods cases.

Following a bond hearing Dec. 1 and final conference for all six cases Feb. 2, 2018, Day will stand trial Monday, March 12, for charges in the Detroit case of first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, two counts of felonious assault and domestic violence. On Monday, March 19, 2018, he will stand trial for crimes he allegedly committed in the 19000 block of Raymond on April 15, namely, first-degree home invasion, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault, second-degree criminal sexual assault and assault with intent to commit armed robbery.

The AOI hearing, which launched the trial phase of the prosecution’s criminal cases accusing Day, follows the submission of evidence in the preliminary examination that took place Monday, Nov. 6, supporting probable cause linking the April 23 Farms home invasion cases to April 15 and April 22 home invasions in Grosse Pointe Woods and City of Grosse Pointe, respectively. Though the City of Grosse Pointe case was dismissed, due to a victim not wishing to testify, evidence gathered at the home was included in the prosecution’s list of people’s exhibits.

A stand mute plea was entered on the record on Day’s behalf for the Farms home invasion cases.