Dunnings not in court for hearing

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 5:35 PM EDT
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The pre-trial hearing was set to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ionia's 64-A District Court.

Two attorneys from the Attorney General's Office had their paperwork out and were ready to go at that time. But, about a half hour went by in silence.

And then, the two were summoned to the chambers behind the courtroom.

The clerk told News Ten they, along with Stuart Dunnings' defense attorney Greg Michael Hocking met with the Judge behind closed doors.

Dunnings was not present.

That meeting lasted about twenty minutes.

Shortly after, the judge came out to the stand and asked if anything needed to go on record. The two attorneys said no.

Neither one of them could speak on camera.

Dunnings' defense attorney could not be found for comment.

Dunnings' next court appearance is scheduled for June 7th. He'll have pre-trial hearings in 55th District Court and a preliminary hearing in 54-A District Court. Both are in Ingham County.

But, the hearings will be held in Jackson County because the Ingham County judges have recused themselves.

The preliminary hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to put Dunnings on trial for a felony count of pandering.

News Ten will be in court to let you know what happens.

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