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Judge denies request that prosecutors recuse themselves from Lockhart bond violation

Judge denies request that prosecutors recuse themselves from Lockhart bond violation

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A judge today denied a request from the attorney of Christopher Lockhart.

Lockhart is considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Theresa, who hasn’t been seen in 96 days.

Lockhart was in court Wednesday, due to bond violation charges stemming from multiple arrests since his wife's disappearance.

Newschannel 3's investigative reporter Cody Combs learned more about Lockhart's attorney's request.

Lockhart's attorney wanted the prosecutor and the prosecutor's office to recuse themselves from the bond violation charges involving Lockhart. His lawyer told a judge Wednesday that prosecuting attorney Jeff Getting once represented Lockhart on assault related charges more than 15 years ago.

However, the judge denied that request, saying those charges have nothing to do with the bond violations.

Lockhart has been arrested four times since his wife's disappearance back in May. The charges range from drunk driving to property destruction.

Wednesday, assistant prosecutor Scott Brower critiqued Lockhart's lawyer’s request, saying the main prosecutor wouldn't have been personally involved with the bond violation charges anyway.

Lockhart's bond violation charges are now bound over to circuit court.

We reached out to Portage Police about the investigation into Theresa Lockhart's disappearance.

Assistant Chief John Blue tells us there aren't any new developments at this time, but insisted the investigation into her disappearance was ongoing, calling it a marathon, not a sprint.

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