Handyman held in Grosse Pointe Farms designer stabbing to undergo evaluations
Grosse Pointe Farms — The 49-year-old handyman charged in the stabbing of an interior designer found bleeding on the sidewalk outside his home was ordered Wednesday to undergo a competency examination.
David Scott Corzilius, who has been charged in the attack on Daniel Clancy, 69, at his home on Voltaire, will be tested for mental competency and criminal responsibility. Corzilius of Warren was in court for a probable cause conference before Judge Matthew Rumora of Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court.
Corzilius is accused of stabbing Clancy repeatedly around 4:30 p.m. March 7 and then taking items, including valuable paintings, from the home which he tried to sell at a pawn shop. Clancy remains in the hospital with severe injuries from stab wounds to his neck. Rumora said Clancy is “hanging on” as he continues to recover.
Corzilius’ defense attorney, Timothy Doty, asked the judge to delay his client’s preliminary examination until the evaluations are conducted.
Doty said Corzilius is bipolar and has a substance abuse problem and was in a local hospital from a drug overdose when he was arrested for the Clancy attack.
“He’s unable to assist in his own defense,” Doty said during the hearing. He added after the hearing the competency evaluation will help determine if his client was able to know the difference between right and wrong when the incident occurred.
Corzilius’ preliminary examination has been postponed until noon June 8. He is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and home invasion.
Doty also asked that Corzilius’ $1 million bond be lowered, but Rumora denied his request citing Corzilius' criminal past, which includes four felonies and time spent in prison.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Dominic DeGrazia also objected saying Corzilius could be a “danger to the community.”
During a hearing March 11, Grosse Pointe Farms Lt. Richard Rosati testified Corzilius told police his original motive wasn’t to steal from Clancy but that he was upset over an alleged incident that day before the attack. Corzilius claims Clancy tried to touch his rear and that he went back to the house for retaliation.
Corzilius, according to his reported police statements, said he and Clancy fought and Clancy defended himself with a knife. But Corzilius said he was able to take knife from Clancy and defend himself.