Charges dismissed against alleged pimp after witness goes missing

missing witness led to the dismissal of charges Monday against an alleged pimp who has been accused of a number of crimes the past three years but escaped conviction each time.

Monday’s court hearing marked the third time charges have been dismissed against Michael Durand Lenoir within a three-year span. A trial had been set to begin Monday morning.

“We were not able to find a material witness,” prosecutor John Allen said of the dismissal. 

 

He declined to go into specifics regarding the case, but said charges can be refiled once the necessary evidence becomes available. The dismissed charges included prostituting a minor younger than 16 years old and pimping.

J. Anthony Bryan, the lawyer representing Lenoir, could not immediately be reached for comment. Lenoir, who was held on $350,000 bail, was out of custody Monday afternoon.

In 2014, Lenoir was accused of beating and raping a woman who allegedly sold drugs for him after she failed to prevent the theft of one of his guns from her motel room in the 900 block of Union Avenue, court documents said.

Lenoir tracked the woman down in the area of Union Avenue and Brundage Lane the evening of May 28, 2014, assaulted her and put her in his vehicle, the documents said she told investigators. She said he took her to a motel room where he cut her with scissors and beat her with an empty beer bottle while at least two prostitutes held her down. 

The woman said he then raped her in the motel bathroom, according to the documents. 

 

Lenoir faced a potential life term in prison after being charged with aggravated mayhem, torture and kidnapping, among other crimes. 

But the charges were dismissed in December 2015. They were refiled only to again be dismissed in March 2016. 

Court records show several prior convictions against Lenoir.

In 2012, he pleaded no contest to assault on a person with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He pleaded no contest in 2007 to drug possession for sales, and in 2000 to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent

 

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