Taylor man charged in gas station shootout gets permission for basketball tryouts – The News Herald


A suspect in a gas station shootout in Warren has been granted permission to travel out-of-state to visit two colleges for basketball tryouts and to earn a scholarship, his attorney said Thursday.

Gary Kennedy II of the public defender’s office made the request on behalf of Eric Boatwright during a hearing before 37th District Court Judge John Chmura during a show-case hearing. The judge allowed the move, provided Boatwright wears a tether on his trip.

“Mr. Boatwright does not want to look bad in front of his potential coaches,” Kennedy said. “If you see someone with a tether, you’re going to look at them differently even though they are innocent until proven guilty.”

The attorney also requested his client be allowed to travel to Ohio later this month without his tether to visit two colleges in an effort to secure a basketball scholarship. Kennedy said his client planned to visit Cleveland State University and Ohio University.

“My client has no prior criminal history and he is trying to get a college scholarship to make sure he has a future,” Kennedy said.

Boatwright, 21, of Taylor, and Jayquan Washington, 25, of Detroit, are charged in relation to a gas station shootout last month. Their preliminary examination was delayed from Aug. 11 to Sept. 8.

Attorneys for the two men said they had not received all of the discovery materials pertaining to the case from the prosecutors and asked that the hearing be pushed back.

Judge Chmura granted Boatwright’s request to travel outside of Michigan specifically for the two college visits, but the judge said he must wear the tether except when he is on the basketball court.

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