Judge gives defense more time in Bass murder case
By Cathy Taylor
Testimony continued on Friday, July 19, as the preliminary examination hearing of The People vs Oanh Kieu Bass reconvened before the Honorable Judge Joshua Farrell in Clare County District Court.
Bass, 32, of Remus, stands accused of open murder in the death of Harrison resident Floyd Dennis. Dennis, 68, was found dead from a gunshot wound at a cabin in Redding Township. Dennis was the owner of Kern’s Grocery in Dodge City as well as a member of the Harrison Public School’s Board of Education.
The preliminary exam, which first began May 29, 2013, reconvened after a two-month delay in the proceedings requested by Todd Flood, the Royal Oak attorney representing Ms. Bass. Flood requested additional time to review previous court transcripts in the matter.
At the conclusion of last Friday’s hearing, the defense once again asked the court for more time in the discovery process for evidence.
Judge Farrell granted the defense team the additional time necessary for the discovery process, stating that they must present their findings to the Prosecution within 14 days of discovery. The Prosecution was allowed seven days to respond to the findings once presented to them.
For the time being, the case remains stalled at the District Court level. The hearing is expected to reconvene around the last week of August. No date has been set for the continuance. Bass remains incarcerated at the Clare County Sheriff’s Department.