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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
People v. Jonathan Hickman
Citation:684 N.W.2d 267 (Mich. 2004)
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A man called the police and gave a description of two men who robbed him at gunpoint and took $26 and two two-way radios. An officer saw Hickman (defendant), who matched the description of the man with the gun. While chasing Hickman, the officer saw him throw something they later learned to be a gun that matched the complainant’s description. Hickman was also carrying one of the two-way radios. Hickman was arrested and placed in the back of a police car. An officer brought the complainant and asked if the person sitting in the car was involved in the robbery. The complainant responded that Hickman was the man with the gun.
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