Incompetent to stand trial

The Saginaw man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in Niles in December is not going to face trial on four charges of assault with intent to murder. 44-year-old Michael Williams was found incompetent to stand trial on Monday by Berrien County Trial Court Judge Dennis Wiley. When he was arrested, Williams told police he started stabbing people after one person he was talking to on the train from Chicago “turned into a demon.” Williams had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia in three states, including Michigan, and his family expressed concern that they had been trying to get him mental help in the months before the attack. Among the victims was Amtrak conductor Dontrel Bankhead, who survived being stabbed six times.  (MRN)

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