Michael George Found Guilty of Murder in Second Trial

The retrial of comic retailer Michael George for murder, which went to the jury last week, has concluded with a guilty verdict.

Renee and Michael George

Renee and Michael George at the start of the trial on September 14 -- Pool photo by TODD McINTURF/The Detroit News

According to The Detroit News,

George, 51, was convicted of shooting his first wife, Barbara George, inside the couple’s Clinton Township comic book store July 13, 1990…. Besides the murder charge, George was found guilty of firearm offenses, insurance fraud and false pretenses…. Michael George’s lawyer, Carl Marlinga, called the verdict “an awful tragedy”…. Joe Kowynia, Barbara George’s youngest brother, [said] “He can rot in jail.”

George will be sentenced on November 21, and his bond was revoked. The previous sentence for the crime was life in prison without parole.

The jury deliberated for three days, a longer time period than in the first trial, which concluded March 2008. Given the lengthy jury discussion, the prosecutor from the first trial speculated over the weekend that a guilty verdict was likely, saying “Nearly every hung jury involves the majority voting for conviction.” George’s alibi was provided by his mother, who gave conflicting accounts between 2007 and 2008 of when her son was at her house.

Update: Per the Detroit Free Press, this may not be over.

Defense attorney Carl Marlinga said he plans to file motions for a directed verdict of acquittal and a new trial after George is sentenced to life in prison without parole Nov. 21…. Marlinga said he believes in his client’s innocence and thought Michael George’s alibis — including his mother, Janet George — were solid.

2 Responses to “Michael George Found Guilty of Murder in Second Trial”

  1. Joshua Says:

    To succeed in a motion for a directed verdict, Marlinga would have to convince the judge that no reasonable person could have disbelieved George’s alibis, despite the fact that the twelve jurors apparently did. That’s a pretty high hurdle.

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