The Watton armed robbery trial has now gone three days in Baraga County Circuit Court. Bernard Fish is accused of robbing two men at gunpoint at their home last year while pretending to be a U.S. Marshal. The house did had a surveillance camera system and Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary played some of the video for the jury. Michigan State Police trooper Edward Zawada took the stand and said that Fish told him the situation with the armed robbery wasn’t what it seemed.
Jim Jackson is one of the alleged victims. Fish told police that he and Jackson staged the incident to try to get money from the father of the other alleged victim. Fish also apparently told police that the house had marijuana and a missing young Wisconsin woman in it. The State Police say they were unable to verify either of those statements. A passenger in a car that Fish is alleged to have carjacked in Wisconsin also testified Wednesday morning. Fish has a long criminal record, including a federal bank robbery conviction for holding up a bank in Green Bay with a pellet gun in 1992. The case is expected to continue throughout the week.