McCann to stand trial on perjury charges related to Jodi Parrack death

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is developing news Wednesday night in a West Michigan cold case spanning 7 years.

A judge decided around 5:00 p.m. that Ray McCann will stand trial on five counts of perjury in connection to the 2007 murder of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack.

Police say McCann has been a person of interest from the beginning.

McCann is not being charged with Parrack's murder, but rather with lying to investigators--something that's frustrated police for years.

McCann sat emotionless in court as the prosecution presented five specific lies they say he told under oath in 2012.

One involves where he was the night Jodi was murdered. A State Police detective read the interview transcript in court.

The prosecution accused McCann of lying about his contact with Jodi's mother the night of her murder, in addition to coming up with a new story years later.

State Police say McCann told them he saw a 'motionless' blonde child in Jo Gilson's car that night and asked her about it on the spot.

"An innocent person doesn't lie, so that's all the more reason that he's involved in something," Jodi's mom said Wednesday.

The defense, on the other hand, argues the five counts of perjury are "bogus" charges.

"The argument from the prosecutor is that McCann said this and the other person said that, who's to say what's the truth? It was an emotional time and there's nothing to suggest that one person's version is more correct than the client's version," said the defense attorney.

The defense believes the perjury charges are just an attempt to lock up McCann and get him to confess to something more.

There is no word yet on when the trial will begin.

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