ST. JOSEPH — A Coloma man accused of attacking a St. Joseph High School student at the school in February was bound over for trial Tuesday after a preliminary hearing before Berrien County Trial Court Judge Gordon Hosbein.
Steve Meridy Jr., 18, then a senior, testified that he was dating the daughter of Chris Glisson at the time of the incident.
Meridy said that Glisson’s daughter asked him to talk with her father and “smooth things out” because she felt that her father didn’t like Meridy.
At the time, Glisson, 51, was the site coordinator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor at the high school. The club fired Glisson shortly after the confrontation. His daughter, 16, was also a student at the high school.
Meridy said that during the discussion, Glisson became agitated and threatened his life twice – saying that if it wasn’t for his father, he would take his life and that he would “erase me.”
Meridy said he thought that Glisson was going to kill him when he put his hands around his neck and pushed his thumbs into the base of his throat, cutting off his air supply. Meridy said Glisson then threw him onto a table in the student commons while continuing to apply pressure to his neck.
Glisson’s attorney, Tat Parish, asked Meridy why he didn’t then leave if he felt his life was in danger.
Meridy said he felt safe that Glisson wouldn’t do anything at the school.
A high school surveillance video shown in the courtroom appeared to show Glisson putting his hands up to Meridy’s neck and shoving him onto a table.
Parish asked Meridy several other questions, which Berrien County Assistant Prosecutor Cortney O’Malley-Septoski objected to. Parish said he was trying to establish that Meridy was exaggerating – and at times lying – about what happened because he wanted to “get at” Glisson.
Parish called no witnesses.
Hosbein set the jury trial for Nov. 3, with a case conference on Aug. 7 and status conference Oct. 26.
Glisson was arraigned March 4 on the felony charge of assault by strangulation, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.