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Zarske’s granted more time to collect evidence

Autumn Zarske was back in court on Monday to request adjournment, saying evidence that will be imperative to both her and her husband’s case has not all been collected at this time.

Judge LaCross granted the adjournment to both, saying the people need to be properly advised when considering this case. With the adjournment, the Zarske’s have agreed to waive their rights to a preliminary exam.

Under Michigan law, a criminal defendant charged with a felony has the right to a preliminary exam at the district court level within 14 days of his or her arrest. Given that the adjournment puts them past that timeline, the Zarske’s have chosen to pursue evidence rather than keep their right to the exam.

Autumn and Andrew face multiple felony charges relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine. The pair had been operating a meth lab out of their home, where they lived with 5 children all under the age of 5.