Mental exam OK’d

A man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwestern Michigan will undergo a mental competency exam.

Defense attorney Shannon Sible told a judge Friday there are concerns about Michael D. Williams’ responsibility due to his mental health. Williams told police that he started stabbing when he saw a man on the train turn into a demon.

The train was stopped in Niles, about 10 miles north of South Bend, Indiana. Williams, a Saginaw native, is charged with attempted murder in the Dec. 5 incident.

Family members say he has struggled with delusions and paranoia. Williams, in jail on a $1 million bond, did not appear in court.

Sible says he and Berrien County prosecutors see the need for an exam, which could take about a month. A hearing next week to determine if the case goes to trial has been postponed.  (AP)

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