CADILLAC — A 57-year-old Buckley man was arraigned Tuesday in 28th Circuit Court on charges alleging he murdered his ex-girlfriend in a Buckley home last summer.
Alex Keith Mesler was charged with one count of first-degree murder for his connection with an incident on June 29 in Buckley. A habitual offender fourth offense notice also was added to the charge. If convicted, Mesler faces a potential life sentence with no chance of parole.
The charge in question is an accusation. Mesler is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
During Tuesday's proceeding, 28th Circuit Court Judge Jason Elmore, Wexford County Prosecutor Corey Wiggins and defense counsel Geoff Harrison discussed the potential for the issue of disqualification regarding the new judge presiding over the case. The discussion was started as Elmore was the prosecutor when Mesler was charged in 84th District Court last June.
After a short recess to allow Harrison and Mesler to discuss the topic, the issue of disqualification was waived during the circuit court arraignment and scheduling conference. Wiggins also said he didn't object to the waiver of disqualification for Tuesday's arraignment.
Elmore said after the arraignment and scheduling conference Tuesday, he would have the chief judge, district court judge Audrey Van Alst, look for a replacement judge in the case. If the defense decides to waive the disqualification, Elmore said Harrison will need to let the court know.
During the proceedings Tuesday, it also was determined both sides would have 60 days to file motions regarding the case. Typically it is set at 30 days. Due to the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a five-day trial was scheduled.
Mesler's denied bond, set at the district court level, was continued given the nature of the charge against him. Harrison didn't have any issues with the continuation Tuesday but said he may in the future via motions.
On June 29, police said Wexford County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a woman in a West South Street residence in Buckley who claimed her ex-boyfriend was in her home and threatening her with a weapon. Police have not released the type of weapon used.
When sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, they found Mesler outside on the front porch of the South Street home, and the woman was inside the residence severely injured and unresponsive. EMS arrived on the scene around 8:40 p.m. on June 29 and the victim, Angela Admasian, was declared dead. Mesler was taken into custody without incident.