VIDEO: Ex-Royal Oak High School Principal's Hearing Set for Aug. 6

Defense attorney needs more time to go through evidence and witnesses before preliminary examination on felony embezzlement charges.

Michael Greening, the former principal , will be back in court in August for a preliminary examination.

At in Royal Oak on Friday morning, Greening’s attorney, Paul Stablein, told Judge Daniel Sawicki that he needed more time to go over thousands of pages of documents related to the case and interview witnesses before the examination.

"There are still obviously a number of documents – as far as discovery there are over 2,000 pages – and there are a number of witness that we will be issuing that (the prosecution) will have to subpoena," Stablein said.

Sawicki set Aug. 6 for the next court hearing. "I don't know how many witnesses would be called or you plan on calling, but I would anticipate it is going to take more than a half a day to conduct the exam," the judge said.

Six months ago, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin sent a letter to the school's roughly 1,500 students and their families saying "due to the possibility of financial irregularities in student activities funds." The news , many members of which and educator.

About a half-dozen Greening supporters quietly sat in court Friday morning. Greening acknowledged their presence with nods and smiles.

Greening is alleged to have taken between $2,000 and up to $40,000 from the school's student activities funds, .  earlier this month.

Greening's bond continues. He was released at his on $50,000 personal recognizance with conditions, including that he not leave the state.

If Greening is convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater, for each charge.


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