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Charges filed in Michigan courtroom attack seen on video

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man caught on courtroom video trying to attack a Michigan prosecutor with a piece of metal has been charged with terrorism and attempted murder.

The incident occurred in August in a Lansing-area courtroom, where Joshua Harding was on trial for sexual abuse. The video shows the prosecutor getting out of the way at the last second while a police detective tackles Harding.

The metal shank was concealed in his sleeve.

The attorney general’s office announced charges Thursday against the 35-year-old Harding and says a terrorism charge is allowed in the case of a violent felony that could affect the conduct of government.
A defense attorney hasn’t been assigned yet.

Harding was sentenced this week to about 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl in a cemetery.


Ex-con charged with killing 4 at family  home in Detroit area

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who served 16 years in prison for killing his first wife was charged Thursday with killing his two children and two stepchildren, and torturing his wife.
Prosecutors allege that Gregory V. Green bound his wife, cut her face with a box cutter and shot her in the foot before fatally shooting her children, ages 17 and 19, in front of her Wednesday at the family’s home in Dearborn Heights.

Green also is accused of killing his and his wife’s daughters, ages 4 and 5, by carbon monoxide poisoning at the home.

His wife, Faith Green, had recently filed for divorce. She survived her injuries.

Gregory Green, 49, is charged with first-degree murder, assault, torture and other crimes. He was jailed without bond. Green made an initial court appearance Thursday and told a judge that he didn't deserve bond. He wasn’t accompanied by an attorney.

The Greens married in 2010, two years after Gregory Green left prison on his fifth request for parole. He pleaded no contest to killing his first wife, who was pregnant, in 1991.

Faith Green cited a “breakdown in the marriage relationship” in her divorce filing. She also filed for divorce in 2013 but the case was dismissed for lack of action. A personal protection order that same year was rejected by a judge.


Lear plans to give $2.5M for Wayne State business school

DETROIT (AP) — Auto parts supplier Lear Corp. is giving Wayne State University $2.5 million to help build an auditorium in the new Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Matt Simoncini, president and CEO of Southfield-based Lear, tells the Detroit Free Press that the university “has been a great partner to Lear.” The Detroit university says Thursday the auditorium will be named for Lear. The Mike Ilitch School of Business is scheduled to open in 2018.

Mike and Marian Ilitch last year announced a gift to help build the school near the new Red Wings arena and entertainment district. The donation included $35 million and the use of the land for construction, as well as a $5 million endowment.