Preliminary hearing postponed for two men accused of killing EMU football player

The preliminary hearing for Kristopher Pratt, 20 and Ed Thomas, 20, two men accused of killing Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was scheduled for today, Wednesday Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township.

Judge Richard Conlin presided over the hearing at the court house.
The hearing has been postponed until Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. because Deja Kendricks, mother of Thomas’s child, was set to testify at today’s hearing but chose to hold off until an attorney was present.

Prior to the hearing, Kendricks was privately discussing her rights outside the courtroom, according to Gina Noveskey, office of public defender for Thomas.

Pratt and Thomas are charged with killing Reed, 20, on Oct. 18 at the University Green apartments. Both of the accused have multiple charges against them, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and open murder. The two are being held without bond.

Reed, a wide receiver for the Eagles, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the stairwell of the apartment complex. The prosecutor labeled robbery as the motive.

Pratt’s father said he is going to wait for the judicial system to take place and allow for the family to deal with the grieving process. He had no comment about his son.

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