Charges dropped in assault case

ESCANABA — A Wilson man charged with assaulting a female last summer, opted Wednesday morning to be tried by a jury in Delta County Circuit Court. Later that day, the three-day trial was cancelled when the prosecution requested charges be dismissed.

Brian Lee Williams Jr., 25, was bound over to circuit court in July on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation, a 10-year felony with a maximum fine of $5,000. He was also bound over on one count of aggravated domestic violence, a one-year misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,000.

The two charges stemmed from an Escanaba Public Safety investigation into a June 22, 2017, incident in Escanaba involving a female victim.

Following his arrest, Williams was lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash or surety bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

On Oct. 19, Williams was released from jail. He was ordered to have no drugs or alcohol and not to enter bars. He was also ordered to undergo random drug testing.

During a pretrial conference hearing in circuit court Wednesday morning, Williams decided to be tried by a jury rather than make a plea. His trial was scheduled for Jan. 22-24.

Later that day, circuit court received an order from the prosecutor’s office to dismiss the Williams’ case without prejudice.

According to the court document, the motion to dismiss the strangulation charge was because the burden of proof could not be sustained. The misdemeanor was dismissed “pending further investigation of new information provided by the victim.”