ANN ARBOR, MI – The case towards an Ypsilanti Township man suspected within the 1993 disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and the 2018 killing of his spouse has been delayed because the protection seeks a brand new professional witness.

Gregory Agnew, 51, briefly appeared Thursday, Nov. 29 on one rely of open homicide within the dying of 49-year-old Martha Agnew on the Washtenaw County Trial Courtroom, earlier than the case was adjourned till February.

Each the prosecutor and protection legal professional on the case agreed to delay the matter after talking with Washtenaw County Trial Courtroom Decide Darlene O’Brien at her bench.

Protection legal professional Ronald R. Gold will use the time to movement for funding to rent an out of doors DNA professional, O’Brien mentioned. Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Andrew Childers additionally mentioned sure unspecified points on his finish wanted to be addressed earlier than the matter may proceed. He didn’t elaborate.

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His ex-girlfriend vanished 25 years in the past. Now his spouse is useless.

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Agnew is charged within the February 2018 dying of his spouse, and prosecutors have additionally known as him the prime suspect within the 1993 disappearance of his on-and-off girlfriend Tammy Niver.

Kin of each girls regarded on through the listening to Thursday, some in tears.

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An investigation by MLive and The Ann Arbor Information, revealed police tried to arrest Gregory Agnew in Niver’s suspected homicide in 2014. He was by no means charged in her disappearance, and the county in the end paid $45,000 in a settlement after Agnew filed a federal lawsuit for wrongful arrest.

(The total story of the investigation is instructed in a collection of episodes of the Michigan Crime Tales podcast.)

Agnew is now accused of strangling Martha Agnew to dying throughout a contentious divorce. She was discovered useless in her mattress in a shared Ypsilanti Township dwelling on Feb. 17.

The scene gave the impression to be staged to appear to be a drug overdose, a detective testified throughout an October preliminary examination. A forensic professional additionally testified to the excessive chance that DNA discovered below her fingernails, on a syringe, and on a stained pair of sneakers was linked to Gregory Agnew.

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Gold has maintained his consumer’s innocence in each the case of Tammy Niver and Martha Agnew.

He has alleged police harassment in retaliation for the 2015 lawsuit. The sheriff’s workplace has declined to remark.

Agnew is now scheduled for a Feb. 7, 2019 pretrial listening to.

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