LAKE CITY — A 39-year-old Lake City man was arraigned Thursday in 84th District Court for his alleged connection with a stabbing Wednesday in Forest Township.
Joseph Adam Trott was charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon, a 5-inch knife, and domestic violence for his connection with an incident on July 10 in Forest Township. If convicted, Trott faces up to four years in prison and/or $2,000.
The charges are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Trott is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In a release issued Thursday, the Missaukee County Sheriff's Office said at 5 p.m. on July 10 deputies were dispatched to a residence in Forest Township for a report of a 38-year-old Lake City man who was stabbed. Once on scene, it was determined two relatives resided at the residence together and it was believed they were under the influence of alcohol when they started to argue, according to police.
While they were arguing, Trott pulled a knife and stabbed the other man in the upper torso, which resulted in him being arrested and lodged in the Missaukee County Jail, police said. The victim was taken to Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.
Missaukee County Sheriff Wil Yancer said Trott is the brother-in-law to the victim and the stabbing occurred on the victim's left side near the lower chest area. Yancer also said once police arrived on scene, Trott did not resist when he was taken into custody.
Trott was given a $50,000 cash or surety bond and a probable cause conference was scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 22.
Missaukee County deputies were assisted by the Houghton Michigan State Police Post.