Wife of slain Oakland County deputy to attend every court hearing

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CLARKSTON (WJRT) (12/4/2017) - The wife of slain Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Overall saw the man accused of killing her husband in court for the first time on Monday.

"I wanted to see him. I knew I needed to see him," Sonja Overall said. "He didn't make any eye contact with me, which is fine. Eventually, he will know that I am the wife of the man he killed."

She plans to see more of 22-year-old Christopher Berak as his case winds through the court system.

Early Thanksgiving morning, Eric Overall was hit and killed by a fleeing car as he attempted to deploy stop sticks that would have deflated its tires.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna said Berak was behind the wheel and hitting Overall was no accident.

"This was a deliberate act. There is no doubt in my mind," the McKenna said.

He said Overall, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, was assisting Lapeer County deputies with a chase that early morning. Overall had set up stop sticks at M-15 and Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township.

"He cleared himself from there, he did it in a safe manner," the McKenna said. "That subject hit his brakes and then turned directly at him 90 degrees to strike the deputy and kill him."

That ended the 22-mile chase that the sheriff said started with Berak's bizarre visit to the Lapeer County Jail.

"Dispatchers through 911 state he originally called. They asked what he needed, he stated he was God, here to remove his son," McKenna said.

Records show Berak was on probation at the time of the chase and reportedly seeing a psychiatrist.

"I really wish that at some point he maybe could have met my husband previously because maybe he wouldn't be in this situation because my husband is the type that has turned around a lot of lives," Overall added.

Berak is due back in court in February.



 
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