Anthony Bennett appeared in court today and is the man investigators believe murdered a four year old boy on an indian reservation.
But Bennett was not in federal court on the Carnel Chamberlain assault case.
He was in Bay County District Court because police say he has been causing trouble in the Bay County jail.
Anthony Bennett is a federal inmate, but he's being held in the Bay County Jail.
Last month, he got into a pretty good fight in the jail.
Today, his preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled.
Bennett is charged with five criminal counts, two felonies for assaulting corrections officers, two charges of resisting an officer, and a malicious destruction of a building.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the case will now move to circuit court.
Now Bennett is still awaiting trial on the federal assault charge concerning Carnel Chamberlain.
That's the son of Bennett's girlfriend.
The little boy's burned remains were found under his mother's porch on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in June.
We have been told the effort to bring a murder charge against Bennett in that case is progressing.
Bennett continues to be held in the Bay County Jail.
Bennett, who has been in the Bay County Jail since his arrest for suspected child abuse in June, is accused of assaulting 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain, whose remains were found under the porch of the home in Isabella County where Bennett lived with the boy’s mother.
Not yet charged in Carnel’s death, Bennett was indicted by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Bay City.
Now, in addition to facing that trial in federal court, Bennett is to stand trial in Bay County Circuit Court.
Questions sometimes arise regarding why some cases are handled by federal court, while others are in state courts.
In Bennett’s case, the alleged crime was committed against a Native American in Indian Country -- specifically, the Isabella Reservation.
Bennett, too, is Native, giving U.S. District Court in Bay City jurisdiction in the case.
But Bennett’s latest legal trouble, alleged to have occurred in the Bay County Jail, is going to be tried in circuit court.
In that case, the alleged crime did not happen in Indian Country, and the alleged victim is not Native.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Kranz, a former chief assistant prosecutor in Isabella County, handles most of the federal cases involving natives on the Isabella Reservation