Man gets $10M bond in fatal Adrian Meijer stabbing, says he is homeless
The man accused of fatally stabbing an 85-year-old fellow shopper at an Adrian Meijer store on Wednesday was arraigned Friday afternoon and will remain jailed on a $10 million bond.
Alarik Guajardo, 29, of Adrian faces three felonies: open murder, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent.
Friday's arraignment was Guajardo's first court appearance since being arrested Wednesday afternoon, minutes after the homicide.
Guajardo's arraignment was handled by Judge Laura Schaedler of 2A District Court. Schaedler said Guajardo will remain jailed.
Guajardo's bond will be revisited at his probable cause conference on Sept. 25, before Judge Jonathan Poer, Schaedler said. His preliminary examination will be Oct. 2, also before Poer.
At the arraignment, Guajardo said he is unemployed and homeless. He is represented by two attorneys from the Lenawee County public defender's office, John Glaser and Matthew Murphy. Glaser is the county's chief public defender.
Officers were called Wednesday to the store at 217 U.S. 223 about 12:30 p.m. on a report of a stabbing in progress, the Adrian Police Department said.
The victim was stabbed multiple times. He died at the scene. The Lenawee County Medical Examiner said Thursday it "could not comment" on the victim's name or cause and manner of death.
But at Friday's hearing, Schaedler identified the victim as Glen Howard Meyers.
The fatal attack ended, police said, when an armed 29-year-old woman, a concealed pistol license holder, pulled out a gun and ordered the suspect to the ground until police could arrest him.
Burke Castleberry, the Lenawee County prosecutor, denied on Thursday the most popular internet rumor on the case, that it started with a confrontation about a mask.
"This has nothing to do with a mask, to my knowledge, at this point," Castleberry said. "I don't think a mask played a part at all."
But he declined to characterize how the confrontation started.
"That's the part I can't say yet," he said.
Friday's arraignment did not shed any further light.
In May 2013, Guajardo took a guilty plea that reduced a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, involving force or coercion, down to aggravated assault, according to Lenawee County court records.
Guajardo was given two years of probation. During this time, he was made to do two weeks of hard labor, prohibited from using drugs or drinking, and required to help repay his parents the cost of the defense attorney they hired.