(10/09/13) - The Saginaw man charged with two murders, including the death of a 6-year-girl, was in court Wednesday afternoon.
Michael Lawrence was on the run for over a year before he was captured in Las Vegas last month.
Wednesday's pre-trail hearing was just a chance for the lawyer to hash out some details of the case.
A preliminary examination for the murder of 6-year-old Layla Jones is set for Monday. That's when a judge will decide if the case will move forward.
Jones was killed in August of 2012. She was in town visiting her father when she was shot in the driveway.
The case against Lawrence for the murder of his former girlfriend, Angelica Oliverez, will begin in November.
She was killed in April. Michael Lawrence is the father of her child.
Oliverez's family members were in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
Family members of Michael Lawrence believe he's innocent.
Angelica's family is seeking justice.
"It's been a real ugly day. I think a lot of people need to grow up and stop putting themselves as the focus of this trial. This trial isn't about anybody else, it isn't about his family, anyone else. It's about my niece, her getting justice, it's about my nephew, it's about my sister getting closure, it's about Angelica, it's about Layla Jones," said Lupe Medel, Angelica's aunt.
"Angelica and Layla Jones, I hate what happened, she was a baby, she didn't deserve what happened to her, but he's not a monster. I just don't understand why people are trying to label him as he's this cold hearted killer, he's not. I don't believe he killed those two people, I don't," said Stephaine Miller, a cousin of Lawrence.
Judge Terry Clark says there will be about five to six witnesses in both cases.
Besides murder, Lawrence also faces assault and felony firearm and child abandonment charges.
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