The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled on a defense request in the case against Jeffrey Willis.

The court has decided it will not hear an appeal relating to Willis' rights -- clearing the way for the scheduling of a trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

The Muskegon County Office of the Public Defender had asked the Court of Appeals to listen to and rule on concerns that Willis' rights were violated when jail guards entered his cell and copied and removed notes. The Office of the Public Defender argued the notes were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hillson said Friday, June 9, that the prosecution, public defenders office and the judge will meet next week to determine when the lengthy trial will be held.

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