Man opts for trial in knife assault case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man — accused of assaulting another man with a knife this summer — opted earlier this week to be tried by a jury in Delta County Circuit Court next year.

Joshua John Myers, 34, was arrested Aug. 21 after he allegedly injured a 26-year-old Escanaba resident who sustained a three- to four-inch superficial knife wound on his throat, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.

Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at a residence on the 800 block of 2nd Avenue South while police apprehended Myers who had fled to a nearby residence.

One of the Escanaba Public Safety officers who was at the scene testified in district court that Myers told him he had used a butter knife but the alleged weapon — a black-handled knife — was found hidden under Myers’ backpack.

District Court Judge Steve Parks bound Myers over to circuit court in September on one count of of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony. He is scheduled to be tried by a jury in circuit court on March 27-29, 2018.

Myers remains lodged in jail in lieu of an $80,000 cash or surety bond.