MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The preliminary examination for a man charged with murder following an altercation at his house was adjourned Tuesday.
Masson Bryant, 21, is charged with open murder in the death of Nathan Ward of Dalton Township, who authorities say was shot following a physical altercation on Dec. 21, 2017.
Bryant was in Muskegon County District Court for a scheduled examination on Jan. 16, but Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, said both sides agreed more time was needed for discovery. Bryant also may be seeking a private attorney other than the public defender’s office, which is currently representing him.
District Judge Geoffrey Nolan rescheduled the preliminary examination for Jan. 30. Preliminary examinations are held to determine if there’s enough evidence to move cases to circuit court for trial.
Bryant is accused of shooting Ward, 42, at Bryant’s home in the 3300 block of Jefferson Street in Muskegon Heights. The shooting followed a violent struggle at the home that injured a second man who was with Ward, Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph E. Thomas Jr. said earlier.
Bryant’s stepmother, Bernadette Bryant, said the shooting was in self-defense, and that Ward and another man had broken into Masson Bryant’s home.
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