Suspects in Jason Cherry Murder Waive Prelim

Posted at 11:45 AM, Feb 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-20 12:21:05-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–The two men charged with murdering a man in his parent’s basement last December appeared in court today.

Tamaine Foster and Isaiah Latham walked into the courtroom together and ended up waiving their preliminary hearing. Both are charged with open murder and seven other counts in the death of 34 year-old Jason Cherry. Those other charges include armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm.

Grand Rapids police say the two intended to rob Cherry and a few of his friends as they were in his parent’s basement in December. After the shooting, police say the men got away with money and marijuana.

Cherry’s sister-in-law, Theresa Cherry, came to court. She said it is a daily struggle going on after his death.

“He was more of a brother to me than a brother-in-law,” said Cherry. “He was an amazing uncle to my children. He played with them all the time. My little daughter, Julia, he went with her to her little dance at school.”

Cherry said she’s frustrated that the hearing was adjourned.

“I know he [Jason] didn’t always do right,” she said. “Jason made some mistakes, which is part of the reason we are here today. But, he was more than that. He was a good man. He had a good heart and we miss him very much.”

No further court date has been scheduled.