Assault case set for trial

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man charged with allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old female by strangulation in Escanaba last year opted to be tried by a jury during a hearing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Bronson William McKenzie, 21, was arrested on the 10-year felony following a domestic assault incident at his residence on Nov. 19.

According to the Escanaba Public Safety investigation, McKenzie allegedly placed the victim in a head lock, which obstructed her breathing. The victim, also from Escanaba, was able to escape and ran to a neighbor’s residence for help, said police.

McKenzie was also charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (a knife), also known as felonious assault, a four-year felony, and one count of interfering with electronic communications, a two-year felony, according to district court records.

Following his preliminary hearing in district court, these two charges were not bound over to circuit court.

McKenzie remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

His trial is scheduled for Aug. 28-30.