Rescheduled examination hearing held in assault case

A man whose defense case brought international interest following a March 2 preliminary exam in St. Joseph County District Court took another turn Tuesday.

After it was announced Coby Harris allegedly made phone calls from jail to the alleged victim, he faces another set of hearings March 30 and April 6.

Tuesday’s hearing was a rescheduled examination, which began March 2, after Harris appeared in Judge Jeff Middleton’s court on allegations he assaulted a Sturgis woman with intent to commit bodily harm less than murder.

During that hearing, Deborah Davis, assistant to the prosecuting attorney, told Middleton she had reason to believe Harris was in the same home as the complaining witness. Sturgis police arrived at the location moments later and found Harris in the house. Harris’ bond was canceled.

The video from that date involving Harris and the complainant had more than 1 million views and gained widespread media awareness.

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