Detroit police officers will go to trial for bar fight that left man comatose

Two Detroit police officers will stand trial for an altercation that left a man in a coma at a bar. 

Surveillance footage between a Detroit police lieutenant and drunk bar patron from St. Patrick's Day was played in court Thursday.

Timothy Leach was working security at Ottava Via in Detroit last March when he confronted Michael Karpovich. Karpovich is seen pushing Leach -- who responded by attempting to forcibly remove Karpovich from the tavern, pushing him to the ground and then attempting to drag him out. Karpovich spent nearly a month in a coma.

"He stated we threw the white male out of the bar because he was highly intoxicated," said Marcus Harris with Detroit Police.

Harris was one of the officers who responded to the scene. He spoke with Officer Frederick Person, who was also working security at the bar. He is now accused of tampering with evidence.

"The testimony of Officer Harris was that Mr. Person indicated to him that there was a drunk patron who was thrown out of bar and then fell outside - when that was clearly not true," said Judge Deborah Langston.

Langston bound over both Person and Leach for trial. She dismissed the most serious charge against Leach, which was assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

"Although great bodily harm obviously was done to Mr. Karpovich, I don't believe it was his intent to do so," she said.

Leach is still charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and working as a security guard without a license. He and Person are due back in court October 11.