By Ann Zaniewski
A judge on Wednesday denied a request from an attorney who believes the criminal charges against a man accused in a roller rink shooting should be thrown out.
Oakland Circuit Judge James Alexander ruled that a district court judge did not abuse her discretion in binding Cheyenne Ingram over to circuit court for trial.
Ingram, 18, is facing 14 criminal charges for a shooting that happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 23 after fights broke out during a party inside the Rolladium in Waterford Township. Six people were injured.
Defense attorney Jonathan Jones filed a motion to quash the information because of a lack of evidence.
"There is not probable cause that (Ingram) committed the crimes," Jones told Alexander during a hearing on the motion.Suspect in Rolladium Shooting Remains Jailed on $1 Million Bond with Video
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"No. Emphatically no," 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht said after Cheyenne Ingram's defense attorney asked for a bond reduction.
Ingram, who turned 18 years old Tuesday, is facing 14 charges for the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium in Waterford Township. Police have said that three people opened fire in the early morning hours after a party, spraying bullets across the roller rink floor and injuring five patrons.
Defense attorney Jonathan Jones said he had hoped for a Jan. 31 preliminary exam. But Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Brett Chudler was unavailable then because of another case, so Debbrecht set Ingram's exam for Feb. 15.
Ingram and two other men were sought in connection with the shooting, portions of which were captured on a rink security camera.
Waterford police investigators, members of the Oakland County Violent Gang Task Force and Madison Heights police worked together in locating Ingram last week in the area of 14 Mile Road and I-75. He was arrested without incident.
The other two suspects identified by police - Tre-Andris Marquan-Jose Jamison, 21, and Robert Lee German, 18 - have not yet been taken into custody.
Authorities have said they believe the shooting stemmed from a rivalry between two Pontiac gangs, the "Goon Squad" and "1st Enfantry." According to police, one of the shooting victims was an intended target and had been shot by rivals in December 2010 at a Pontiac nightclub.
Ingram, a Pontiac resident, has been charged with six counts of assault with intent to murder, six felony firearms charges, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree, premeditated murder and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Jones said there were 300 people at the rink at the time of the shooting.
"(Ingram) wasn't responsible for this," he said.
Waterford police have asked anyone who sees Tre-Andris Marquan-Jose Jamison or Robert Lee German to immediately call the police department at 248-618-7550. Police have said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and warned people not to approach them.Victims of Rolladium Shooting in Waterford Take the Witness Stand With Video
People described seeing fights and then hearing gunshots at the Rolladium roller rink in the minutes before the end of a pre-holiday party.
Six people who were shot at the rink were among the witnesses to testify Wednesday in the preliminary exam of Cheyenne Ingram. Ingram, an 18-year-old Pontiac resident, is facing several criminal charges, including six counts of assault with intent to murder.
The hearing, before 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht, did not conclude by the end of the day. It is scheduled to resume Friday morning.
Police said three people opened fire into a crowd in the early morning hours of Dec. 23 at the Rolladium in Waterford Township.
The people who were injured said they could not specifically identify who shot them.
One witness, Johnathan Cargle, was shown security camera pictures of the scene. He identified Ingram as being in the images, and also two other men who he identified by their nicknames. Defense attorney Jonathan Jones stressed in his cross-examination of Cargle that Ingram was not seen holding a weapon in the photos, while the other men were.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Brett Chudler asked Cargle, who was struck by a bullet in his torso, if he knew what time he left the Rolladium.
"I'm not sure. I left on a stretcher," he said.
Another witness, Quentin Hardiman, was working security at the rink the night of the shooting. He said he saw a group of guys jump on a smaller group of guys, and he threw a group out. One man he threw out was angry, Hardiman said. Hardiman said he then saw him at the door with a gun as he was trying to break up another fight inside the rink.
"Things happened so fast," Hardiman said.
Police located and arrested Ingram in mid-January. The other two suspects identified by police - Tre-Andris Marquan-Jose Jamison, 21, and Robert Lee German, 18 - have not yet been taken into custody.
Authorities said they believe the shooting stemmed from a rivalry between two Pontiac gangs, the "Goon Squad" and "1st Enfantry."
Ingram is charged with six counts of assault with intent to murder, six felony firearms charges, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree, premeditated murder and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at (248) 745-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.