ADRIAN – The suspect in the fatal stabbing Wednesday at the Adrian Meijer store was formally charged Friday.
Alarick John Guajardo, 29, of Adrian was arraigned in Lenawee County District Court on felony counts of open murder, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon wth unlawful intent.
Guajardo is accused of killing Glen Harold Meyers, 85, of Adrian Township. The knife attack in the automotive and sporting goods section of the store happened at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. A woman with a concealed pistol license stopped the attack and held Guajardo at gunpoint until police arrived to take him into custody.
The hearing was conducted in person in Lenawee County District Judge Laura J. Schaedler’s courtroom. Guajardo, Lenawee County Chief Public Defender John Glaser, assistant public defender Matthew Murphy and prosecutor Burke Castleberry, along with jail officers, a bailiff and a court reporter, were in the courtroom with Schaedler. The hearing was livestreamed on YouTube because the courts are generally closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Schaedler assigned the public defender’s office to represent Guajardo and continued his bond at $10,000,000. Bond was set Thursday by a district court magistrate, according to online court records.
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Schaedler offered to discuss the bond, but Murphy declined, saying they could take it up at a future proceeding.
Murphy said the defense would be seeking the release of medical records for Guajardo.
Guajardo said little during Friday’s hearing, answering “no” to Schaedler’s questions about whether he was employed or had any sources of income and telling her that he is homeless.
Schaedler scheduled a probable cause conference for Sept. 25 and a preliminary examination for Oct. 2, both before District Judge Jonathan L. Poer.
The open murder charge allows a jury to decide the degree of murder, should the case go to trial and the jury decide to convict him. First-degree murder is punishable by life in prison without parole. Second-degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
The weapons charges have maximum penalties of up to five years in prison.