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Friday, August 22, 2008

[MI] Terrifying Officer Steele's jury trial will be in December

Trial pushed back for cop accused of torturing girlfriend
Mirror - Royal Oak,MI
BY TIFFANY L. PARKS tlparks@hometownlife.com
August 21, 2008
The jury trial for a suspended Detroit police officer accused of torturing his ex-girlfriend has been pushed back to December. The state’s case against Gary Allen Steele, 43, was scheduled to begin Aug. 13 but has been moved to Dec. 15... Steele, who has been detained on a $5 million bond since the March 4 incident, allegedly hit his former girlfriend, Kimberly Ann Golematis, with a baseball bat before firing a gun near her head. The incident took place at Golematis’ Canton home after the couple ended their six-month relationship... Steele allegedly made Golematis fall after striking her leg with a bat. Golematis said Steele then straddled her and fired three gunshots near the left side of her head. During the incident, Steele allegedly made several references to his former police partner, Brian Vieau, who committed suicide after killing his estranged wife, Tracy Vieau, in February 2007... The charges against Steele include torture and assault with intent to murder, both felonies punishable up to life in prison, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. [Full article here]

(Thinking of Kim.)

(Previous entries here)

...After placing the gun inside her mouth and to her head, Golematis said Steele appeared to "snap" back to reality when she told him that he was hurting her. "He said 'I love you. I just love you so much. I would do anything for us'"...

...He supposedly hit her left leg with a baseball bat and then began choking her. When she fell to the ground, Golematis said she landed on the steps in the garage that led to her kitchen. "Gary Steele got on top of me and straddled me with his weight," she said, adding that he began choking her again and made several references to his former police partner, Brian Vieau, who committed suicide after killing his estranged wife, Tracy Vieau, in February 2007. "He said 'Now I know why Brian did what he did.'" Golematis said Steele fired three shots into the garage steps near the left side of her head. After placing the gun inside her mouth and to her head, Golematis said Steele appeared to "snap" back to reality when she told him that he was hurting her. "He said 'I love you. I just love you so much. I would do anything for us.'" Golematis testified, adding that Steele began stroking her hair and saying he should go into the home's basement to see if anything was damaged by the gunshots...

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