Stabbing Suspect to Undergo Mental Evaluation

A judge in Michigan has ordered the suspect charged with stabbing four aboard an Amtrak train to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The evaluation will determine if Michael Darnell Williams is mentally fit to stand trial on four counts of assault with intent to murder.

Williams has been charged in connection with an incident aboard the eastbound Blue Water in Niles, Mich., on Dec. 5 in which an Amtrak conductor and three passengers were stabbed.

Williams is being held in the Berrien County Jail on a $1 million bond. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Niles police used a stun gun to subdue Williams as the train sat in the Niles station.

Several of Williams’ family members have told reporters that Williams, a Saginaw native who was employed as a truck driver, is suffering from paranoid hallucinations that made him fear for his life.

All four of the stabbing victims have since been released from Niles area hospitals.

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