MI - Danielle Marzejka, 18 & Seren Bryan, 19, Homicide, in shed, Clinton Township, 26 Aug 2018

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    Tuesday, Nove,mber 19th:
    *Trial continues (Day 4) (@ 10am ET) – MI – Danielle Marzejka (18) & Seren Bryan (19) (missing Aug. 24, 2018, Clinton Township; found Aug. 26, 2018 in shed) – *Robert Leo Marzejka (24) (bro) arrested & charged (8/29/18) & arraigned (9/10/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty-insanity defense. No bond.
    Trial started on 11/13/19.
    11/13/19 Day 1: Jury selection complete. Trial continues on 11/14.
    11/14/19 Day 2: Jury sworn in. Opening statements done. State witnesses: no info. Trial continues on 11/15.
    11/15/19 Day 3: State witnesses: No info available yet. Jury is asked to come back on 11/19. Trial continued then.
     
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    info from court site:

    Docket:

    08/01/2019 HELD: HELD: ORDER OF PRETRIAL AND COMPETENCY, FORSENSIC EVAL HAS BEEN COMPLETED, DEFT FOUND COMPETENT AND NO ISSUES OF CUPLABILITY, MATTER TO CONTINUE TO PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED JURY TRIAL DATE OF 11/13/19 - SGD
    The following event: PRETRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled for 08/01/2019 at 9:30 am has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: CIRCUIT COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURT ROOM 3

    08/01/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED

    08/16/2019 JA-EXPERT WITNESS FEE JA-EXPERT WITNESS FEE - THOMAS D. SHAZER, PSY D $2,150.00 $0.00 $0.00

    08/28/2019 STIP & ORDER SGD RE: STIP & ORDER ALLOWING DEFT ATTY PARALEGAL RO ACOMPANY HIM ON JAIL CONSULTATIONS W/ THE DEFT- SGD

    11/08/2019 PLAINTIFF'S WITNESS LIST AMENDED PEOPLE'S LIST OF KNOWN WITNESSES

    11/13/2019 REQUEST & NOTICE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE REQUEST & NOTICE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE (C & G NEWSPAPERS)

    11/13/2019 HELD: JURY SELECTION COMPLETED, JUROR NUMBERS SELECTED: 240, 352, 305, 310, 29, 160, 64, 32, 201, 269, 161, 46, 129 & 43, JURY TO RETURN 11-14-19 @ 1:00 PM FOR CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: TRIAL scheduled for 11/13/2019 at 10:00 am has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:

    11/13/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED

    11/13/2019 CONTINUED JURY TRIAL CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: TRIAL scheduled for 11/13/2019 at 10:00 am has been rescheduled as follows:
    Event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Date: 11/14/2019 Time: 1:00 pm
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL

    11/14/2019 HELD: HELD: JURY SWORN; OPENING STATEMENTS; TESTIMONY BEGAN; TRIAL TO CONT 11/15/2019 AT 9:00AM
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/14/2019 at 1:00 pm has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:

    11/14/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED

    11/14/2019 CONTINUED JURY TRIAL CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/14/2019 at 1:00 pm has been rescheduled as follows:
    Event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Date: 11/15/2019 Time: 9:00 am
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL

    11/15/2019 REQUEST & NOTICE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE REQUEST & NOTICE FOR FJILM AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE OF COURT PROCEEDINGS OBO MACOMB DAILY

    11/15/2019 HELD: HELD: TESTIMONY TAKEN FROM THE STAND, JURY TO RETURN FOR CONTINUED JURY TRIAL ON 11-19-19 @ 10:00 AM
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/15/2019 at 9:00 am has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:

    11/15/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED
    11/15/2019 CONTINUED JURY TRIAL CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/15/2019 at 9:00 am has been rescheduled as follows:
    Event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Date: 11/19/2019 Time: 10:00 am
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW

    11/15/2019 CONTINUED JURY TRIAL CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Date: 11/21/2019 Time: 1:00 pm
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW

    11/15/2019 CONTINUED JURY TRIAL CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    Date: 11/22/2019 Time: 9:00 am
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW



    Hearings:

    11/13/2019 10:00 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW TRIAL HELD-CRIMINAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    11/14/2019 01:00 PM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CONTINUED JURY TRIAL HELD-CRIMINAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    11/15/2019 09:00 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CONTINUED JURY TRIAL HELD-CRIMINAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    11/19/2019 10:00 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CONTINUED JURY TRIAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    11/21/2019 01:00 PM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CONTINUED JURY TRIAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    11/22/2019 09:00 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CONTINUED JURY TRIAL BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

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    Police, forensic experts testify at double homicide trial in Macomb County


    MOUNT CLEMENS — The third day of the Robert Leo Marzejka double homicide trial took place Nov. 19 at Macomb County Circuit Court, in front of Judge James Biernat.

    The 14-person jury sat for nearly five hours as prosecutors put police detectives and forensic experts on the witness stand to help corroborate a double homicide theory based on premeditation.
    [.....]
    Closing statements are anticipated to be made on the afternoon of Nov. 22.


    There was no court on 11/20.
     
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    Thursday, November 21st:
    *Trial continues (Day 4) (@ 1pm ET) – MI – Danielle Marzejka (18) & Seren Bryan (19) (missing Aug. 24, 2018, Clinton Township; found Aug. 26, 2018 in shed) – *Robert Leo Marzejka (24) (bro) arrested & charged (8/29/18) & arraigned (9/10/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty-insanity defense. No bond.
    Trial started on 11/13/19. 14 person jury.
    11/13/19 Day 1: Jury selection complete. Trial continues on 11/14.
    11/14/19 Day 2: Jury sworn in. Opening statements done. State witnesses: no info. Trial continues on 11/15.
    11/15/19 Day -: Jury is asked to come back on 11/19. Trial continued then.
    11/19/19 Day 3: Clinton Township Police Det. Lt. Eric Reincke. Det. Jeffrey Barbera (forensics). Det. Joe Burns (1 of 1st responding officers). Ashley Mottar of the Michigan State Police (forensics expert). Another MSP witness who specializes in latent fingerprints (no name given). Mary Pietrangelo, of the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office. Before Pietrangelo took the stand, the jury was postponed due to a legal discussion regarding 15 graphic photos from the murder scene. Defense attorney Azhar Sheikh said the photos were unnecessary due to the expertise of the witness, as well his lack of objection in regards to other expert witnesses. However, Assistant Macomb County Prosecutor William Cataldo said the photos wound lend themselves to the overall charge of premeditated murder of which Marzejka is accused. “The photos depict exactly what the behavior was that leaves no stone unturned,” Cataldo said. The two agreed to postpone the discussion until the next trial date, on Nov. 21. Closing statements are anticipated to be made on the afternoon of Nov. 22. No trial on 11/20, continues on 11/21.
     
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    Got it! Thanks a bunch!! :)
     
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    Friday, November 22nd:
    *Trial continues (Day 5)-Closing Arguments (@ 9am ET) – MI – Danielle Marzejka (18) & Seren Bryan (19) (missing Aug. 24, 2018, Clinton Township; found Aug. 26, 2018 in shed) – *Robert Leo Marzejka (24) (bro) arrested & charged (8/29/18) & arraigned (9/10/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty-insanity defense. No bond.
    Trial started on 11/13/19. 14 person jury.
    Court info from 11/13/19 to 11/19/19 reference post #65 here:
    MI - Danielle Marzejka, 18 & Seren Bryan, 19, Homicide, in shed, Clinton Township, 26 Aug 2018

    11/21/19 Day 4: No info available yet. Closing statements are anticipated to be made on the afternoon of 11/22.
     
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    11/19/2019 REQUEST & NOTICE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE REQUEST & NOTICE FOR FILM AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE OF COURT PROCEEDINGS OBO THE MACOMB DAILY

    11/19/2019 HELD: HELD: CONTINUED TESTIMONY FROM THE STAND, JURY TO RETURN 11-21-19 FOR CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/19/2019 at 10:00 am has been resulted as follows: Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:

    11/21/2019 HELD: HELD: CONTINUED TESTIMONY FROM THE STAND, JURY TO RETURN 11-22-19 @ 9:00 AM FOR CONTINUED JURY TRIAL
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/21/2019 at 1:00 pm has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:

    11/22/2019 HELD: HELD: CONTINUED TESTIMONY FROM THE STAND, DEFTS DENIED, CLOSINGS, JURY INSTRUCTIONS READ, JURORS IN SEATS 8 & 11 WERE DISMISSED BY BLIND DRAW, DEPUTY SWORN, DELIBERATIONS BEGAN AT 2:55 PM, JURY RETURNED W/GUILTY VERDICT AT 3:33 PM AS TO CTS 1 - MURDER FIRST DEGREE-PREMEDITATED & CT 2 - MURDER FIRST DEGREE-PREMEDITATED, REFERRAL R/F IN FILE, SENTENCING 12-17-19 @ 9:30AM
    The following event: CONTINUED JURY TRIAL scheduled for 11/22/2019 at 9:00 am has been resulted as follows:
    Result: HELD-CRIMINAL
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    HELD ON THE RECORD
    COURT REPORTER: VIDEO CIRCUIT
    Certificate #:
    11/22/2019 REFERRED TO CIRCUIT COURT PROBATION REFERRED TO CIRCUIT COURT PROBATION
    11/22/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED
    11/22/2019 JURY VERDICT FORM JURY VERDICT FORM W/JURY QUESTIONS ATTACHED

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    Docket:
    11/25/2019 CRIMINAL SENTENCING SCHEDULED CRIMINAL SENTENCING SCHEDULED
    Event: CRIMINAL SENTENCING
    Date: 12/17/2019 Time: 9:30 am
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW

    Result: SENTENCE ADJOURNED
    11/25/2019 SENTENCE ADJOURNED SENTENCE ADJOURNED TO 1-14-20 @ 9:30AM AS PROBATION IS UNABLE TO COMPLETE A PSI AND DEFENSE ATTY WAS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THIS DATE
    The following event: CRIMINAL SENTENCING scheduled for 12/17/2019 at 9:30 am has been resulted as follows:

    Result: SENTENCE ADJOURNED
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW
    11/25/2019 SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED
    11/25/2019 CRIMINAL SENTENCING SCHEDULED CRIMINAL SENTENCING SCHEDULED

    The following event: CRIMINAL SENTENCING scheduled for 12/17/2019 at 9:30 am has been rescheduled as follows:

    Event: CRIMINAL SENTENCING
    Date: 01/14/2020 Time: 9:30 am
    Judge: BIERNAT JR, JAMES M Location: COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW


    Hearings:
    12/17/2019 09:30 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CRIMINAL SENTENCING SENTENCE ADJOURNED BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

    01/14/2020 09:30 AM COURT BUILDING - 3RD FLOOR - COURTROOM 3NW CRIMINAL SENTENCING BIERNAT, JR, JAMES M

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    Closing arguments
    Clinton Township man guilty of first-degree murder in deaths of sister, her boyfriend


    Cataldo opened closing arguments by slamming a binder against the court table and podium, displaying how full of rage and chaos Marzejka was the night of his murders.

    He told the jury how Danielle and Seren had “no chance to survive” after being hit in the head by a hammer,. Seren was struck three times, Danielle seven.

    Danielle likely died before she was bound and gagged by duct tape, yet Seren was likely still conscious even after the blunt force trauma, according to previous testimony from Mary Pietrangelo, of the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    “Seren was alive,” Cataldo said. “He was breathing. He could have lived.”

    Cataldo said it was “part of the plan” for Marzejka to inflict the physical damage, bind the victims, suffocate them with tape and plastic bags, and then leave them in the shed outside the family trailer home.

    When the bodies were discovered, in black contractors’ bags in the shed, another bag was found that contained towels, rags, Danielle’s insulin, clothing and the murder weapon.

    It was a series of events, Cataldo argued, that displayed motives of premeditation. They included Marzejka’s relationship with the victims, his attempts to conceal the crime, and his conduct following.

    He staged a scene, as Cataldo put it, calling a carpet cleaning company and using products to clean blood from Danielle’s room.

    “Nobody saw blood,” he said. “That’s how effective a job he did.”

    The victim’s phones were taken and disposed. The key to the shed was stolen. When he boarded the bus off Gratiot Avenue, all the way to a coffee shop on Orchard Lake Road, the defendant sipped on a beverage and scrolled through his phone.

    He purchased a disguise once he was in Ohio — with Cataldo saying it didn’t matter how effective the disguise was, but “it’s the fact that he used one.”

    Sheikh maintained that he knew his client was culpable for his role in the slayings, but that the prosecution’s story of premeditation didn’t add up. He said Marzejka’s actions were in the “heat of passion.”

    Cataldo said that Marzejka waited for his brother Kevin and his girlfriend, Erin, to move out the Sunday prior to the attacks. But Sheikh countered by asking why the murders weren’t committed the following Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Sheikh also pondered why his client didn’t use another weapon, such as a gun, if he thought about the crime ahead of time. He also made a point that if he thought previously of how the crime would occur, he could have discarded the bodies “in the Detroit River or on the other side of 8 Mile.”

    Cataldo’s final words were noting that Marzejka didn’t hire or ask anybody else to kill his sister and her boyfriend.

    “He did it himself.”
     
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    Tuesday, January 14th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am ET) – MI – Danielle Marzejka (18) & Seren Bryan (19) (missing Aug. 24, 2018, Clinton Township; found Aug. 26, 2018 in shed) – *Robert Leo Marzejka (24) (bro) arrested & charged (8/29/18) & arraigned (9/10/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty-insanity defense. No bond.
    Trial started on 11/13/19 & ended 11/22/19 with guilty of all charges. Jury: 6 women & 6 men, with 2 alternates.
    Court info from 11/13/19 to 11/21/19 (Day 1-4) reference post #68 here:
    MI - Danielle Marzejka, 18 & Seren Bryan, 19, Homicide, in shed, Clinton Township, 26 Aug 2018

    11/22/19 Day 5: State witness: Anthony Duncan, an officer with the Toledo Police Dept. State rested. Defense witnesses: Debra Scotella (Robert’s aunt). Christine Macklem (Robert's cousin). Defense rested. Closing arguments done. Jury deliberated from 2:55pm to 3:33pm – verdict: Guilty of all charges. Sentencing scheduled for 12/17/19. 11/25/19 Update: Sentencing has been rescheduled on 1/14/20.
     
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