Bark River murder trial date set

MENOMINEE — A trial for the Bark River man charged with open murder of his adoptive father has been set for Oct. 26 through 30.

Gary Paul Phillips-Donovan, 35, is charged with the open murder of Michael A. Donovan, Harris Township, a felony punishable with life in prison and two counts of first degree home invasion, a felony punishable with 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. 

Donovan was found dead in his garage Nov. 12, shortly after Phillips-Donovan had been on the residence. Court documents state that Donovan’s death was determined to have been caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

A pretrial conference was held in the 41st Circuit Court, Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Christopher S. Ninomiya. Another pretrial conference has been scheduled for July 21 at 10 a.m.