DETROIT - A hearing in the carjacking of Detroit pastor and gospel singing icon Marvin Winans was postponed Friday. It will not be held June 11th at 8:30 a.m. The three suspects were arraigned back on May 20.
---The three suspects in the carjacking of pastor Marvin Winans leaving court
The office of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy identified the suspects as Detroit residents Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both 20, and Brian K. Young, 18, of Macomb County's Clinton Township. They are charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy, said Maria Miller, Worthy's spokeswoman. The charges carry up to life in prison.
Winans, 54, was attacked May 16 while pumping gas in Detroit. The robbers took his sport utility vehicle, Rolex watch, cash and credit cards.
--Pastor Marvin Winans
Winans sustained bruises and scrapes and was treated at a hospital and released. He is pastor of the 4,500-member Perfecting Church and delivered singer Whitney Houston's eulogy in February. "I'm just saddened that it has come to this," Winans said shortly after the attack. "This kind of nonsense just has to stop. It's just the savageness of what's happening in the street."
Winans' license suspended for unpaid tickets
According to driving records obtained by Local 4, the Rev. Marvin Winans was driving with a suspended license when he was carjacked and robbed in Detroit. According to records from the Michigan Secretary of State, Winans' license was suspended on May 9 for two unpaid tickets out of Hazel Park – one for impeding traffic and the other for driving on a previous suspended license.
His driving record shows a slew of tickets since September of 2005.
Winans releases statement:
"The traffic issues listed in driver's record that was recently released was in the process of being handled prior to the Wednesday, May 16 incident. The proof of payment and formal letter addressing the issue was submitted. I was not aware of any suspension of license due to change of address. All day-to-day correspondences are facilitated by my administrative staff. If something was a matter of great urgency they would have brought it to my attention."