Court date set for stabbing suspect

IRON MOUNTAIN – An arraignment date has been set for a Norway man charged with two felonies in a stabbing incident at the Continental Ski Jumping Tournament at Pine Mountain in February.

Andrew Michael Bray, 74, faces charges of assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon after a Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was stabbed in the back.

Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards announced on Feb. 22 that court proceedings were delayed to allow Bray to have an examination to determine if he was competent to stand trial.

Richards said today that Bray was evaluated by the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry.

Dickinson County District Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya accepted the forensic examiner’s report and opinion on April 15 and Bray waived his preliminary examination on the same date, Richards said.

Bray is set for arraignment in Dickinson County Circuit Court before Judge Richard J. Celello on April 29.

Bray is accused of approaching Lt. Derek Dixon from behind as Dixon was walking near the clubhouse with another deputy while patrolling at the Continental Ski Jumping Tournament at Pine Mountain on Feb. 10.

Police said Bray stabbed Dixon in the back with a knife.

Police said the knife was knocked out of Bray’s hands and he was subdued and taken into custody.

According to the felony complaint, Bray said he had been having homicidal thoughts and was thinking about harming a police officer.

Dixon was treated at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Bray, who remains lodged in the Dickinson County Correctional Facility on a $1 million bond, is being represented by attorney Dan Jaspen of Iron Mountain.