Judge to decide on murder charge against Davison Township woman's boyfriend

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/9/2019) - The preliminary hearing for a man accused of hitting and killing a Davison Township mother could wrap up on Wednesday.

Tyesha Kemp was run over during the early morning hours of June 2 and her boyfriend, Brandon Merrow, faces a murder charge. But the murder charge was dropped at one point and then reinstated.

Prosecutors are hoping the judge will send Merrow to trial on the refiled murder charge. They were expecting three more witnesses to testify Wednesday, including one police officer.

The murder charge against Merrow was dropped after the original preliminary exam in September. The judge said there wasn't enough enough evidence from the testimony to prove Merrow intentionally killed Kemp.

Investigators say Kemp had dropped off Merrow at her home and drove off, but because her car has a push button start she didn't get far. Kemp's family believes Merrow stole her keys.

When Kemp was stranded, she called Merrow for help but he refused. So she started walking.

Merrow's attorney admits his client was drunk that night when he got behind the wheel of his car and started driving to find her. Police say he ended up hitting and killing her on Davison Road.

The judge is taking testimony Wednesday to decide whether there's enough evidence for a jury to decide if Merrow intentionally hit Kemp with her car.

Kemp's family held a protest and kept in constant contact with the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office to get this new hearing. The difference in charges possible in the case are a maximum of 15 years or life in prison.

Judge could render a decision at the end of testimony on Wednesday or wait to consider the evidence longer.