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Thursday, January 14, 2010

[MI] Wife of murdered State Police Sgt. Melvin Holbrook is returned to jail until trial



...[Joni] Holbrook, 48, is charged with an open count of murder in the Aug. 10 shooting death of her husband, Michigan State Police Sgt. Melvin P. Holbrook. She had been free on bond since October, but headed back to jail Tuesday after a brief hearing before Benzie Circuit Judge James M. Batzer...

Holbrook to await trial in jail
Traverse City Record – Eagle
January 12, 2009 1:40 pm
[Excerpt]  BEULAH - Accused murderer Joni Holbrook is headed back to jail. Holbrook, 48, is charged with an open count of murder in the Aug. 10 shooting death of her husband, Michigan State Police Sgt. Melvin P. Holbrook. She spent about two months in jail, but was released on bond in October when her attorneys said she had a serious heart condition. Benzie Circuit Judge James M. Batzer in a hearing held this morning ordered her back to jail as she awaits trial. Batzer previously ordered Holbrook's attorneys to provide a note from physicians detailing why she couldn't be jailed. Holbrook attorney Jesse L. Williams said in today's hearing that Holbrook's heart conditions had been misdiagnosed...

Joni Holbrook sent back to jail
TRAVERSE CITY RECORD- EAGLE
BY ART BUKOWSKI
JANUARY 13, 2009
[Excerpts] Joni Holbrook's family wept and embraced as a bailiff prepared to lead her from a Benzie County courtroom to a jail cell. Holbrook, 48, is charged with an open count of murder in the Aug. 10 shooting death of her husband, Michigan State Police Sgt. Melvin P. Holbrook. She had been free on bond since October, but headed back to jail Tuesday after a brief hearing before Benzie Circuit Judge James M. Batzer... [Joni Holbrook's attorney Jesse] Williams said Holbrook suffers from stress and is "on the verge of suicide," though Batzer said jail isn't an easy place to be. "This court is of the opinion that being in jail is stressful to almost everyone who's there," he said.... Authorities believe Holbrook shot her husband with his service weapon as he slept. She didn't give investigators a motive, though her attorneys allege Melvin Holbrook abused her. Melvin Holbrook, 53, was a 23-year state police veteran who served as a desk sergeant at the Traverse City post at the time of his death. He previously served at posts in Manistee, Coldwater and elsewhere. Holbrook's trial is scheduled for April.

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