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Testimony to be heard today in Eliason case

Published 9:02am Tuesday, March 23, 2010

By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star

New details are expected to emerge today surrounding the early morning events of Sunday, March 7 in the Niles Township home where Dakotah Eliason, 14, allegedly shot and killed his grandfather, Jesse Miles.

Eliason is being charged as an adult with open murder. He has been held at the Berrien County Juvenile Center since his arrest.

A preliminary examination today by the prosecution, led by Berrien County Chief Prosecutor Arthur Cotter, is expected to present audio and video recordings taken from inside the police cruiser at the scene and during questioning by police.

Eliason’s attorney Lanny Fisher said Monday afternoon that Eliason’s family, including his grandmother, was able to visit with him for the second time on Sunday and that his client is “holding up well.”

Judge Scott Schofield is presiding over the case that has garnered much attention for both its severity and the seemingly utter surprise on behalf of family members and friends of Eliason that he could be capable of such an act.

Many have spoken out that there were no warning signs leading up to what happened that morning, when according to court documents Eliason told police he allegedly took his grandfather’s handgun from a coat rack and “argued with himself” before shooting Miles as he slept on the couch. He later died of his injuries.

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