February 13, 2016

Open murder trial slated to begin with jury selection Aug. 26

BAY CITY — Jury selection in the case of Peter Heagany, a 27-year-old Pinconning Township man facing an open murder charge, is scheduled for Aug. 26.

Heagany is alleged to have shot his roommate Brian Charbonneau, 25, Feb. 8. Heagany’s attorney, Matthew Reyes, has told the court his client was acting in self-defense at the time of the incident.

According to information from the 18th Circuit Court in Bay County, opening arguments from the prosecution and defense could be held Aug. 26 after jury selection is completed, time permitting. A two-week trial has tentatively been scheduled.

Bay County Prosecuting Attorney Kurt Asbury is prosecuting the case. Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Schmidt will preside over the trial.
Open murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. Along with the murder charge, Heagany was also charged with felony firearms possession.

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