STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder after a judge dismissed a first-degree murder charge in the middle of his trial Monday afternoon.
Nicholas Bauer has been on trial for the past two weeks for the 2021 murder of 18-year-old Destini Cunliffe. On Monday, a Montcalm County judge dismissed the first-degree murder and assault with the intent to commit murder charges against him.
The judge said that she dismissed the charges on direct verdict. This means she felt there was no evidentiary basis for reasonable a jury to reach a different conclusion.
Later Monday afternoon, the jury found Bauer guilty of second-degree murder, four counts of felony firearm and three counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Another man, Kevin Bartz of Cedar Springs, was sentenced in December for his role in her death, the Daily News reports.