Trial adjourned for Detroit police officer charged in robbery case
The trial for a Detroit police officer charged with organizing robberies across Wayne County had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but has been adjourned.
No new date has yet been set.
Clifton Whatley is accused of committing the crimes between May 2012 and March 2013 in Taylor, Westland, Canton, Harper Woods and Melvindale.
Whatley is accused of using his background as an officer and his family members to pull off the crimes.
Whatley is facing one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and felony firearm.
He previously had bank robbery, unlawful imprisonment and armed robbery charges against him dropped.
Whatley been a police officer since 2000 and was most recently assigned to the Detroit Police Department's Central District office.
In May 2012, Layman Armstrong, A Detroit resident and longtime friend of Whatley, is alleged to have robbed a Check and Go located in the 9100 block of Telegraph in Taylor.
Sources said investigators found a gun, cash and bank bags in Whatley's home and that photos of the targeted businesses were on his phone.
Armstrong has since pleaded guilty to armed robbery and felony firearms. A bank robbery charge against him was dropped. He will be sentenced Jan. 28.