In February of this year, 28-year-old Elmore Ray was arraigned on several charges after being accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun at cars on U.S. 23. According to a news article at Annarbor.com, Ray wore an expression of disbelief as the charges were read, saying that “I didn’t assault anybody, I was just . . . ” before being cut off by Magistrate Elisha Fink, who informed Ray he didn’t have to say anything.
Ray was charged with four counts of assault with intent to murder, four counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent.
Last week, Ray’s case was bound over to the Washtenaw County Trial Court after it was determined by a district court judge that there was sufficient reason to believe that Ray committed a crime. Witnesses said that Ray is the individual they saw shooting at several vehicles on February 27 near Michigan Avenue south of Ann Arbor on U.S. 23. While there were no injuries reported and no vehicles were hit during the gunfire, Ray was arrested at gunpoint by Pittsfield Township police as he was walking from the area. Police Deputy Chief Gordy Schick said that witnesses also reported that Ray was dressed all in black and wearing a black trench coat.
The defendant’s competency was questioned by his court-appointed defense lawyer, however he was found competent to stand trial on June 18.
Ray’s pretrial court date has been scheduled for August 1st; he is currently incarcerated at the Washtenaw County Jail.
Michigan assault with intent to commit murder attorneys understand the consequences individuals face if convicted of this serious criminal offense. In fact, someone who is found guilty of assault with intent to commit murder may face any number of years in state prison, up to life.
Have you been arrested for or charged with a serious or violent offense that could leave you facing many years or even life behind bars if convicted? Protect your legal rights and freedom by discussing your situation with a talented Michigan criminal defense attorney right away. Time is of the essence!