3 men ordered to stand trial for robbing, carjacking Detroit Rev. Marvin Winans

Winans attacked May 16 at gas station, not seriously hurt


DETROIT – Three men charged with robbing and carjacking the Rev. Marvin Winans will go to trial.

The 54-year-old popular Detroit pastor and Grammy-winning gospel singer was attacked May 16 while pumping gas in the area of Linwood and Davison.

The robbers took his 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV, Rolex watch, cash and credit cards.

WATCH: Winans testifies in court

Winans suffered only bruises and scrapes.

He is pastor of the 4,500-member Perfecting Church and delivered singer Whitney Houston's eulogy in February.

Detroit residents Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both 20, and Brian K. Young, 18, of Macomb County's Clinton Township are charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy.

They were bound over Tuesday to stand trial. They are being held on $200,000 bail. Their arraignment is set for June 19.

The charges carry up to life in prison.

Winans takes the stand

On Monday, Winans testified that he knew something was wrong when he noticed he had been followed by the group of men, but that they were talking about music and he even spoke with Givens.

"He asked me what I was listening to and I said, 'Al Sharpton,'" Winans said.

Winans also testified that Givens was the one to initiate the attack.

"He struck me right underneath my left eye," Winans said. "They were hitting me with their hands at first. Then they threw me to the ground and they began to kick me."

One of the suspects began to say, "Get that money. Get that money," Winans said.

"When I gathered my thoughts and realized, 'Wow, this is happening,' I threw a punch. I said Jesus, Jesus and all three ran around the corner," he said.


Records: Winans was driving on suspended license

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 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."

READ: Marvin Winans' driving record