Hostile witness in Utash beating case thrown in jail on $500,000 material witness detainer

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Prosecutors say he identified two men in the mob attack on Steve Utash, but now that 30-year-old witness is denying that he ever implicated James Davis, 24, or Wonzey Saffold, 30.

Davis, Saffold and 19-year-old Latrez Cummings were all bound over for trial after a preliminary examination Monday.

Bruce Wimbush, 17, waived his right to a hearing. His defense attorney is hoping to strike a plea deal with prosecutors.

The four men are charged with Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm.

To ensure that he would appear to testify, the witness who was being combative with the judge and assistant prosecutor Lisa Lindsey was arrested Monday morning. He remains locked up on a $500,000 bond considered to be a material witness detainer.

Neither the judge nor prosecutors are confident that the witness would appear in the future if he wasn't ordered held on a high bond.

At one point during the Monday's hearing, the witness was being so combative with Lindsey that she asked the judge to tell the witness to "shut up and listen to my question."

Several other witnesses testified Monday, including Deborah Hughes, the nurse who rushed to help the little boy Utash accidentally struck with his vehicle and Utash who was severely beaten by a number of people described as a "mob."

One woman who testified stated that she saw Saffold pull out a gun and waive it at Utash. Charges were then added to Saffold, including Felony Firearm.

All four men charged in the case have reportedly admitted to investigators that they assaulted Utash.

Defense attorneys for the men believe they have been overcharged.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments