Attempted murder charges exam continues

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — A preliminary examination that began last week in 33rd District Court will continue this week as Judge Michael K. McNally sorts through charges against two defendants that include attempted murder.

Berquette Ali Wahla, 22, and Patsy Carol Gregg, 50, were charged last month with 11 felonies in what Police Chief Steve Voss called a drug- or gang-related shooting that sent a 31-year-old man to the hospital.

The two were in police custody less than 12 hours after they allegedly confronted a man in the early morning hours of Nov. 21 outside the Nottingham Knolls apartments in the 3600 block of Van Horn Road.

A physical confrontation ended with gunfire, at which time a woman called police. The woman and the victim — who was transported to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries — provided descriptions of the suspects, who were soon located at an apartment complex in Flat Rock.

Wahla and Gregg were arraigned last month, Wahla on six counts including assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and as a habitual, third-time offender.

Wahla previously had served three years in prison for felony firearms and assault charges, and was released in 2012.

Gregg was charged with five counts including assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and aggravated assault.

Last week’s preliminary examination was continued until Wednesday, Dec. 18, before McNally likely binds the defendants over to Wayne County Circuit Court. Wahla remained in custody on a $250,000 cash bond; Gregg remained in custody on a $150,000 cash bond.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)

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