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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Earley and Croft due in court for start of preliminary hearing on Monday

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

A former Flint emergency manager is due in court Monday.

Darnell Earley was the emergency manager in charge of Flint when the source of the city’s drinking water was switched from Detroit to the Flint River. 

He faces willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office and other charges. The preliminary hearing starting this week will decide if he will stand trial on any of those charges.

Earley and former Flint Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft were charged two years ago.  

They are the last of 15 current and former government officials charged in connection with the crisis to reach this stage in their legal case.

Two other cases have reached the circuit court level, but no trials are set.