It’s been quite a long time since we checked in on Michael George, comic shop owner, convention runner and accused murderer. Convicted once in 2008 of killing his wife Barbara in 1990, a judge has upheld the defense’s request for a new trial and George’s bond has just been reduced from $2.5 million to $500K. With bond approved, instead of rotting in jail while waiting for a new trial, George would be forced to wear a tether and confined to specific, court-mandated areas.
Meanwhile a second trial is coming up, following a judge’s ruling that prosecutors held back evidence in the first trial:
The motion to lower George’s bond was filed one day after the Michigan Court of Appeals released a ruling May 5 that said Biernat did not abuse his discretion in determining that George was entitled to a second trial after his defense lawyers said they discovered new evidence that could point to another killer.
The Macomb County Prosecutors Office is planning to appeal that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.