MARQUETTE - Ryan Daniel Saari, who is accused of attacking ex-girlfriend Jamie Bodnar with a knife last month in Marquette, was bound over to circuit court today to stand trial.
Marquette County District Court Judge Dennis Girard ruled Bodnar's testimony of the alleged assault today met the district court level probable cause burden of proof standard to send Saari's case to the higher court.
His arraignment there is set for 10:30 a.m. April 22. Saari, 33, of Marquette is charged with first-degree home invasion and felonious assault.
Ryan Daniel Saari and his lawyer, Karl Numinen, listen to Saari's ex-girlfriend Jamie Bodnar testify at a preliminary hearing for Saari's first-degree home invasion and felonious assault charges in the Marquette County District Court today. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Bodnar testified this morning about details of the attack, which is alleged to have occurred before 4 a.m. March 19 at Whetstone Village. She said Saari forced his way in to the apartment when she opened the door thinking it was her mother, put a knife to her throat and told her he could kill her.
Two Marquette police officers testified as adverse witnesses for the defense. Bodnar was the only prosecution witness called.
Additional defense witnesses expected to be called were not needed during the hearing because Girard said their testimony was better suited to circuit court issues for the jury or because the prosecution stipulated to certain facts in the case.
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