Niles Amtrak stabbing suspect set to go to trial in November

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A Michigan man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train stopped in Niles, Mich., in December is set to go to trial in November.

Michael Darnell Williams, 44, is charged with five counts of assault with intent to murder, five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of resisting and obstructing police.

Williams pleaded not guilty to all 12 felony charges and demanded a jury trial during a hearing Tuesday morning, Aug. 18, according to the South Bend Tribune

On Dec. 5, an Amtrak train conductor and three passengers were stabbed while riding on an Amtrak train that had passed through New Buffalo, Mich., and was making its way to Niles. Williams was arrested at the Amtrak station in Niles and has been held at Berrien County Jail on $1 million cash or surety bond ever since.

It hasn’t been determined if Williams can be held criminally responsible for the stabbing, but he was found competent to stand trial earlier this month, the Tribune reported.

Read more in the full story from the South Bend Tribune.