Prominent pastor testifies in carjacking case

June 12, 2012 • Entertainment

Brian Young, 18 of Clinton Township, Montoya Givens, 20 and Christopher Moorhead, 20, both of Detroit, appear for their preliminary examination in Judge Roberta Archer’s court at the 36th District Court for carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy, against Pastor Marvin Winans at a Citgo Station last month, in Detroit, Monday, June 11, 2012. [auth] Defense attorneys Susan Reed and William Winters, III sit in the in foreground, from left. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)

DETROIT (AP) — Prominent minister and gospel singer Marvin Winans has testified at a preliminary examination for three men charged with carjacking him at a Detroit gas station.

Winans is pastor of Perfecting Church and delivered singer Whitney Houston’s eulogy in February.

Testimony ended Monday in Detroit District Court, and Judge Robbie Archer is expected to determine Tuesday if the suspects stand trial.

Twenty-year-olds Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead and 18-year-old Brian Young are charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy. The charges carry up to life in prison.

Winans was attacked May 16 while pumping gas. The robbers took his SUV, Rolex watch and cash.

He testified that as he was being punched and kicked, one of his attackers said: “Get that money. Get that money.”

The 54-year-old sustained bruises and scrapes.

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