Bond set at $500K for teen, two others charged in brutal beating of Clinton Twp. driver Steve Utash

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A 17-year-old was arraigned Tuesday and two other charged in the brutal beating of 54-year-old Clinton Township driver Steve Utash.

Bruce Edward Wimbash was arraigned in 36th District Court. He, along with 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis were charged with Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault to do Great Bodily Harm.

Wimbash's bond was set at $500,000.

"When you have a half a million dollar bond for a 17-year-old boy, that's no bond," said Wimbash's attorney Randall Upshaw.

The threesome, along with a 16-year-old and a group of unidentified individuals are accused of beating Utash after he accidentally struck a young boy with his car on Morang near Balfour last week.

The attack came after he stopped his truck to check on the boy.

Utash remains in a medically induced coma. His family started a online fundraiser to help pay for his medical bills. Utash has no medical insurance.

A preliminary hearing is set for Wimbash on April 21. Saffold and Davis are set to be arraigned Wednesday.

Meanwhile the 16-year-old has not yet been charged and is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center. Prosecutors are deciding whether to try him as an adult.

"The Detroit Police Department is making excellent progress with this case. I will not comment further because this investigation is continuing and widening. If anyone has information that is relevant to the case I urge them to call the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2260," said Prosecutor Worthy.

 

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