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Murder trial delayed again for Genoa teen

There has been another delay in the trial for a Genoa Township teen charged with murder.

18-year-old Max Bastien, who is charged with second-degree murder, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, had originally been set to stand trial in January, which was moved to April 1st, “to allow the parties to continue in plea discussions.” However, court records now indicate the trial has been adjourned again, this time to June 6th.

Authorities say Bastien was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Brighton man on October 9th, 2020 when he shot 18-year-old Christopher Grant Alexander in the head with a semi-automatic handgun in a dispute over a marijuana transaction in Pontiac.

Previous testimony from two of Bastien’s acquaintances who accompanied him that night indicated that the drug sale was arranged via Snapchat and that after Alexander and another Pontiac man took the drugs and got out of the vehicle, Bastien also got out, telling the teens to stop or he would shoot. They then heard a loud “pop” at which point Bastien got back in the car.

The weapon and less than an ounce of marijuana were later recovered by police. Bastien, who remains jailed without bond, faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.

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