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Hearing delayed for GR man charged with killing girlfriend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A hearing for a Grand Rapids man accused of killing his girlfriend last month before fleeing to Detroit was adjourned today to allow Jermaine Arnet Cooper's attorney more time to prepare his defense.

Cooper waved to family members as he was led into Grand Rapids District Court Friday afternoon for a probable cause hearing.

Defense attorney Jonathan Schildgen asked that a preliminary examination set for next week be adjourned.

Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Kellee Koncki did not object, but asked that Cooper have no contact with his two children prior to the hearing because they may be called as witnesses.

"This is something that already involves both families,'' she told Judge Michael Distel. "We just don't want to put any undue pressure on these boys until they testify. It's their mother that was killed.''

A handcuffed Cooper signed a waiver to allow his preliminary hearing to be delayed. The next hearing is set for Feb. 3; it's expected to last several hours.

Cooper is charged with open murder and felony use of a firearm for the shooting death of 31-year-old Melissa Moore, the mother of one of his children.

Moore, of Holland, was shot on Knapp Street near Truxton Drive NE. A Grand Rapids street-sweeping crew witnessed the shooting. Days later, Grand Rapids police asked for the public's help to find Cooper.

The investigation led police to a home on Detroit's west side on Dec. 4. The FBI's fugitive task force, along with Grand Rapids and Detroit police, surrounded the home on Dawes Street. Cooper, 35, surrendered following an 8-hour standoff and was returned to Grand Rapids.


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