1.27.15: Judge postpones party death sentencing over Instagram post
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has postponed the sentencing of a man for a fatal shooting at a party after discovering new evidence on social media that the attack may have been premeditated.
Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks scheduled a hearing Monday to sentence 23-year-old Alexander Bumstead, who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the December 2013 killing of 21-year-old Gary L. Ogreen.
But The Muskegon Chronicle says Hicks delayed the sentencing, saying he received pre-sentencing letters showing that Bumstead posted a photo of himself before the killing with text that says he’s “probably going to jail.”
The judge says that the Instagram material “really grabs at you.”
Bumstead has identified Deontay Black-Wickliffe as the shooter. Black-Wickliffe is serving 30 years after pleading no contest to second-degree murder.