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Ypsilanti Couple to Stand Trial for Obstructing Police

LANSING - A Washtenaw County judge ruled there's enough evidence against a wife and husband charged with resisting and obstructing a Washtenaw County deputy during a shooting investigation to send them to trial, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. 

Last September, Shatina and Daniel Grady El were charged as the result of reviewing alleged police misconduct by a Washtenaw County deputy who struck Shatina Grady El in response to her biting his arm. 

Shatina Grady El was charged with:  

  • three counts of resisting and obstructing an officer, a two-year felony;
  • one count of resisting and obstructing an officer causing injury, a four-year felony; and
  • one count of malicious destruction of police property, a four-year felony.  

Daniel Grady El was charged with two counts of resisting and obstructing an officer, a two-year felony. 

Following a preliminary exam that ended Monday afternoon, Judge Kirk W. Tabbey bound the couple over to circuit court for trial. 

"While we will not condone conduct by the police which endangers the public, neither will we tolerate actions by private citizens which interferes with a police investigation or threatens the safety of our law enforcement officers," Nessel said. 

The couple's first appearance in Washtenaw County Circuit Court is set for Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 


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