The Brian Helfert trial was originally scheduled for November. However, it had to be adjourned because of the COVID-19 outbreak locally both within the jail, the courthouse, and within the community. So, when Judge Mary Barglind adjourned the trial, she set a pre-trial conference which was held yesterday in the 41st Circuit Court and a new trial date has been established. Menominee Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey Rogg says, “ The Brian Helfert case will now be held on February 22nd through and including March 2nd.”
Rogg says, “the main motion is for other acts, in other words, other evidence of other criminal sexual conduct.”
Currently, Mr. Helfert is free on bond in this case until the trial occurs. That was necessitated because he was already in jail for 180 days in advance of trial when in was adjourned in November. The law requires, in the State of Michigan, that a person be tried within six-months if they’re in jail but because of the COVID-19 outbreak they couldn’t do that. That is why Judge Barglind had no choice but to release Helfert on a PR bond. Prosecuting Attorney Rogg states if there are any other victims of Mr. Helfert that have not already been disclosed to the police, that he would encourage those individuals to contact Jason McGee at the Menominee Police Department or himself at the Prosecutors Office.