As most of our readers know, in Michigan prosecutors have to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This high standard of proof is one reason prosecutors often try to extract a guilty plea from the accused, perhaps as part of a plea bargain. They often would rather not roll the dice on going to trial, especially when the evidence against the defendant is shakier than they would like to admit.
Sometimes, the prosecution will charge a person, continue investigating, then drop the charges for lack of evidence. That appears to be what happened in the case of a Michigan man accused of robbing a grocery store security guard.