Trial set for teen charged with leashing 10-year-old
MICHIGAN CITY — A teenager accused of tying up a 10-year-old boy with a dog leash so another teen could shoot him with a BB gun will face a jury later this year.
Mykel Williams, 19, appeared in La Porte Superior Court 1 on Thursday and a trial date was set for Dec. 10.
Facing a felony charge of criminal confinement, Williams has until his final pretrial conference on Nov. 8 to reach a plea agreement, if possible.
Michigan City Police say Williams fastened a dog leash to the victim’s shirt, and forced the child to sit while a 16-year-old boy shot him.
Because the alleged shooter is a minor, police have not released his identity, but confirmed he’s been charged in juvenile court with Class B misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal recklessness.
According to the probable cause document, the 10-year-old was playing in a neighborhood friend’s backyard near the intersection of West Eighth Street and Greeley Avenue on July 24, when they encountered the teens.
The 16-year-old admitted to police having gained possession of the BB gun from one of the younger boys, but accused the victim’s friend of having shot the gun “at everyone.” Police said the teen denied having shot the gun after taking it from the smaller child.
He also told police Williams used a handheld butane torch lighter to scare the boy who had been leashed.
Police say they confiscated a lighter from Williams, and recovered the BB gun, plastic BBs and the dog leash – a cable fastened to the leg of a picnic table – from the scene.
Williams was released on his own recognizance at his initial hearing in July.
While he is on pretrial probation, he must adhere to a 10 p.m. curfew, be subject to random drug screenings, and have no contact with the victim.
If convicted, Williams faces up to six years in prison.