Four Men Charged in Steve Utash Beating Get Trial Dates and Some Bonds Reduced

Wonzy Saffold, left, Latrez Cummings, James Davis, and Bruce Wimbush face arraignment Monday on assault with intent to murder charges in the Wayne County Circuit Courtroom of James Callahan Monday Apr. 28, 2014. / Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press
Wonzy Saffold, left, Latrez Cummings, James Davis, and Bruce Wimbush face arraignment Monday on assault with intent to murder charges in the Wayne County Circuit Courtroom of James Callahan Monday Apr. 28, 2014. / Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press

Four men will face August trials on charges of assault with attempt to murder in the beating of a 54-year-old Roseville man, who stopped his truck after hitting a child April 2 in east Detroit.

Wonzey Saffold, 30; James Davis, 24; Latrez Cummings, 19; and Bruce Wimbush, 17, stood silently Monday as their pleas were entered for them, trial dates set and bonds lowered.

Victim Steven Utash continues his recovery from the beating that nearly killed him when he got out of his truck to help a 10-year-old boy who’d darted into traffic on Morang near Balfour.

In a decision that surprised attorneys, Wayne Circuit Court Judge James Callahan reduced Cummings’ bond from $500,000 to $25,000, with the requirement that he wear a GPS tether.

Lawyers for Wimbush and Davis, who moments earlier had their clients’ bonds decreased from $500,000 to $100,000, tried to get the same deal but were denied. Saffold’s bond stayed the same after his lawyer asked to postpone his bond hearing.

■ Related: Uncooperative witness jailed; 4 to stand trial in Utash beating

Because the defendants in some cases gave statements implicating each other, there will be two four-day trials; one with Saffold and Cummings the week of Aug. 18 and another with the other two the following week.

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Source: Detroit Free Press | Robert Allen

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