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Kalamazoo man accused of murder granted bond, a career first, judge says

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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – A man accused of murder had a key hearing delayed because the prosecutor’s office failed to produce witnesses.

In addition to the delay, the judge changed the murder defendant’s bond, which she previously denied. The judge, who made it a point that she won’t delay this hearing again, said Thursday this is the first time in her career she’s set bond for a murder suspect.

Jayshaun Lamar Bishop, 23, is charged with one felony count each of open murder and felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm in Kalamazoo County District Court.

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Bishop is accused of fatally shooting Collin Mitchell, 23, around 12:20 a.m. Sept. 21, 2021, at LakeView Apartments in the 1900 block of Elkerton Avenue in Kalamazoo Township.

He was scheduled for a preliminary examination Nov. 3, before Judge Kathleen Hemingway. The hearing was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 but delayed by 49 days.

The hearing is where Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office has witnesses to testify to show there is probable cause of the case to continue toward trial. Out of around five witnesses needed for the case, none showed up, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Alan Harbaugh said.

The prosecutor’s office was unable to locate the witnesses before the hearing started, Harbaugh said. He said until about a week and a half ago, the office was talking with one witness who had been served a subpoena, but they lost contact with the person.

Some of the witnesses may be homeless and police have been making attempts to contact the people, Harbaugh said.

Bishop’s defense attorney, Donald Sappanos, requested that the case be dismissed or at least for the judge to reduce the bond to something Bishop’s family can afford.

Hemingway changed Bishop’s bond from denied to a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

“I can tell you, for the record, this is the only time in my career I have ever set a cash/surety bond for someone accused of open murder,” said Hemingway, who became a judge in 2017.

She granted the prosecutor’s office the request to delay the hearing, but said it was a one-time decision.

“This case has now been pending for upwards of two months,” Hemingway said. “I’m not sure whether or not the situation is going to differ potentially a couple of weeks from now for preliminary examination.”

Bishop was arraigned Sept. 2, and has been in the Kalamazoo County Jail since then, a total of 62 days.

Bishop’s preliminary examination is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 18, before Hemingway. As of Thursday afternoon, he had not posted bond.

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