GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A judge has ordered that the man accused of killing an East Kentwood student will not get a new prosecutor for his case.
In June, James’ lawyer filed a motion to remove the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office from the case, saying there is a conflict of interest that would prevent him from having a fair trial. On Friday, Judge George Quist announced that he wouldn’t disqualify the prosecution.
According to the filing, James said he was dating someone in the prosecutor’s office around the time Dumbuya was allegedly sexually assaulted. It continues to say the employee had contact with Dumbuya as part of his or her job, which means members of the prosecutor’s office could be called as witnesses against James.
James is also charged with felony murder with the underlying offense being kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to Dumbuya’s death.