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Crystal Falls homicide suspect appears in court

November 2, 2011
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS - Bond has been denied for a Kingsford man charged in the September homicide of a Stambaugh Township woman.

David Anthony Levack, 44, was arraigned Tuesday in Iron County Trial Court on four felony charges. They include one count of homicide open murder, one count of homicide felony murder, one count of first degree home invasion, and one count of witness intimidation.

According to court records, Levack had been scheduled for a trial on felony stolen property charges in Iron County Trial Court on Sept. 27. The victim and main witness in the case, 81-year-old Joyce M. Johnson, was found deceased the same day.

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David Levack, at right, hears the charges against him in Iron County Trial Court on Tuesday. Also pictured are Judge C. Joseph Schwedler, left, and Court Administrator Lori Willman.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

When asked by Judge C. Joseph Schwedler if he understood the charges against him, Levack said no.

"No, I don't understand any of the charges against me," he said.

Judge Schwedler clarified that he was not asking if Levack agreed with the charges, just if Levack understood the charges. Levack then said yes.

Attorney Don Powell of Iron River was appointed to represent Levack. They agreed to waive the 14-day limit for a preliminary examination, which will likely be held near the end of the month.

On the issue of bond, Powell said that any bond set by the court would be too high for his client. He added that no bond would be better, since it would require a trial for Levack within 90 days.

"We want to get it done as soon as possible," said Powell.

Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell argued that the requirement could be avoided if Judge Schwedler set a high cash bond of $5 million.

She pointed out that Levack has been convicted of

crimes in the past, has additional and pending charges in Dickinson County, and has a substance abuse history that includes crack, prescription drugs, and methamphetamine.

Judge Schwedler decided to deny bond.

"I don't want any cash bond because there's the potential he'll make it," he said.

Since Levack has charges against him in both Iron and Dickinson counties, there was a question of where to place him.

Judge Schwedler said that deputies could either keep Levack in Iron County and use video-conferencing to connect him with the Dickinson County courts, or transport him back and forth as his court dates dictated.

The decision was left for Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano and Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello to determine.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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