Quinn James rape trial to move forward after witness found dead
KENTWOOD, Mich. —
The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Wednesday the rape case against Quinn James will go to trial after the star witnesses was found dead in Kalamazoo.
East Kentwood High School student, Mujey Dumbuya was found dead days after her accused rapist, James, was notified of the trial date. Police have said her death is a homicide.
James was out on a $100,000 bond when Dumbuya was last seen headed to a Grand Rapids bus stop Jan. 24.
Dumbuya reported and named her accused rapist, James, to the Kentwood Police Department in the midst of the "Me Too" movement, which has encouraged victims to come forward to speak out against their abusers.
According to court documents, James admitted he had sex with his nephew's girlfriend at least twice, but he claimed it was consensual.
The second teenage girl to accuse James of rape, Dumbuya's case was picked up by the Kent County Prosecutor's Office on charges based on Dumbuya's age.
Arrested on four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a person over the age of 13 and under 16, James faces a mandatory 25-year-minimum sentence as a fourth-time offender.
James, of Wyoming, pleaded not guilty in November and was released on a $100,000 cash surety bond, which requires the full amount be paid up front.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says by no means is that a small amount of money, adding judges make the ultimate decision on bond.
Court papers show the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office request a high, cash bond of at least $100,000, the amount set by a Kentwood District Court Judge.
James was released with the help of a bail bondsman on Nov. 30, 2017.
Bond conditions ordered James have no contact with Dumbuya but a former prosecutor said that no contact orders can be “worthless” when it comes to protecting victims.
The court notified James a trial date had been set for Jan. 23, The next day Dumbuya went missing, she was last seen leaving her home in Grand Rapids, headed to catch the bus to school.
The body of the 16-year-old was found in Kalamazoo on Sun., Jan. 28, nearly 50 miles from her home and school.
Several sources say James is a person of interest in the teenager's murder, which the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department continues to investigate.
Unable to testify against Quinn in court, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office will have to be her voice.
Quinn is at the Kent County Jail, held on a $500,0000 bond, on a count of criminal sexual conduct from a rape allegation that dates to 2014.
According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the prosecutor decided to move on that case after initially denying charges because of “new information.”
Becker would not comment on what that new information is and said he cannot comment on a pending case.