Wells teen to stand trial in November for assault

ESCANABA – A Wells Township teen – arrested last spring on charges of assault, attempted arson, and resisting police – will be going to trial in Delta County Circuit Court, officials decided Monday.

Kyle Walter McDaniel, 17, was arrested on March 18 after he allegedly attacked a male relative who was hospitalized for his injuries. When police arrived at the home, the doors were barricaded. After gaining entry, troopers put out a small fire allegedly set by McDaniel. When police attempted to arrest the teen, he allegedly assaulted and resisted them.

The case was originally assigned to juvenile probate court then later bound over to the adult criminal court. McDaniel is charged with three felonies – attempted arson of a dwelling, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, and felonious assault.

Following his bind over in April, McDaniel was transferred from the local juvenile detention center to the county jail. Bond was set at $10,000 cash.

McDaniel’s attorney requested the waiver of jurisdiction from probate court to the adult criminal court because it allows the defendant opportunity to plead not guilty by reason of insanity; circuit court could then order a forensic evaluation.

McDaniel has since undergone a forensic examination. In August, he was found competent to stand trial. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 18-19 in circuit court.