GT Co. Lawyer Accused of Murder Plot

Some major developing news in Grand Traverse County today.

A prominent local lawyer and former assistant prosecutor for Grand Traverse County and former Prosecutor in Leelanau County is accused of plotting to murder another man.

Clarence Gomery was charged with solicitation of murder at about 10:00 a.m. 

Gomery has been an attorney in the community for over 20 years.

Police tell Northern Michigan’s News Leader they began investigating Gomery on Saturday and he was arrested Monday morning at 4:00 a.m.

According to court documents, a man reported that Gomery contacted him and asked him if he would kill another man in exchange for $20,000. Yesterday, Gomery gave that man $1,000 to purchase a firearm to kill that victim.  

While Gomery did have an attorney with him in court today, he does plan to represent himself with the assistance of another attorney.

The defense tried to argue Gomery is not a flight risk because he has no criminal history and his entire family live in the community. Prosecutors say he is a flight risk because police ordered him to come and he did not cooperate, and the judge agrees.

Gomery’s bond was set at $5 million.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 28th.

Northern Michigan’s News Leader did some digging into Gomery’s background.

Gomery is a graduate of Michigan State University and Cooley Law School. Gomery previously worked for the U.S. Attorney General. He also served as the assistant prosecutor in Grand Traverse County and the prosecutor in Leelanau County.

He now has his own law firm in Traverse City, called Gomery and Associates.

Gomery filed for chapter 13 bankruptcy protection, with liabilities between $500,000 and $1 million on March 31 of this year.

We will continue to follow this case closely and will share more details as they become available.