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Witnesses testify about poker game that ended in gunfire

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(07/24/12) - We are hearing for the first time what happened in a house where a poker game was ended by gunfire.

The homeowner was shot and killed at his Saginaw Township home back in May.

In Tuesday's preliminary hearing, one witness described running for his life. We also learned the gun used in the crime may have been stolen.

Twenty-three-year-old Quintel West faces 23 criminal charges in the home invasion and homicide case, where 36-year-old Michael Kuhlman was shot and killed.

Kuhlman was hosting a poker game at his Luella Drive home on May 30. Seven people, including Kuhlman, were playing cards at the time.

Robert Johnson was there and heard a knock at the door.

"Knocks at first, I had my back to the door, I was sitting in what they call the 'three seat', third seat from the dealer," Johnson said.

Johnson testified the knocks grew louder, and that's when Kuhlman went to the door.

"When he got to the door, and at that time, the knocks, you could tell someone was coming in, pushing in, his words to the best of my recollection were, 'run, we are being robbed,'" Johnson said.

Johnson says he ran out the backdoor. "As I hit the backdoor screen, I heard three shots."

Johnson testified there was more gunfire as he got into the backyard.

"Ran around the pool. As I got behind the pool, is when I heard approximately seven to 10 shots, I thought I was being fired, hit, as a matter of fact, I know I was, because one of the other witnesses was John Allen, he was right behind me when he said "I've been hit," and fell to the ground, stumbled, and I fell to the ground," Johnson said.

John Allen is recovering from his injuries.

There was also testimony about the gun, which appears to have been found on West several hours after the shooting.

Kevin Williams, owner of Williams Gun Shop in Auburn, says that gun was stolen from his store earlier this year, along with several others. Police have another suspect in the stolen gun case, but he has not been charged.

The preliminary hearing was cut short when Assistant Prosecutor Jon Sahli had some type of medical condition. The hearing will continue next week.

Police say West had an accomplice in the crime and they are still for looking him.

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