Grosse Pointe Farms designer dies from stab wounds

The Detroit News

The death of a 69-year-old interior designer found bleeding on the sidewalk outside his Grosse Pointe Farms home in March was ruled homicide, the Wayne County Medical Examiner said Thursday.


The cause of Daniel Clancy’s death Wednesday was multiple stab wounds to his neck and complications of head trauma.

Clancy had been hospitalized since the attack March 6.

“Mr. Daniel Clancy has passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in the attack,” Grosse Pointe Farms police said in a statement Wednesday.

David Scott Corzilius, a 49-year-old handyman from Warren, has been charged in the stabbing of Clancy at his home on the 200 block of Voltaire and was ordered to undergo a competency examination.


Earlier Thursday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said it is waiting for paperwork from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office regarding Clancy’s death before determining whether the charges against Corzilius will be amended.

Police say Corzilius stabbed Clancy repeatedly around 4:30 p.m. and then took items, including valuable paintings, which he tried to sell at a pawn shop.

Corzilius’ defense attorney, Timothy Doty, said Corzilius is bipolar and has a substance abuse problem and was in a hospital from a drug overdose when he was arrested for the attack.

Corzilius’ preliminary examination has been scheduled for June 8. He is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and home invasion. He remains in custody on a $1 million bond.

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.

Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park is handling arrangements for Clancy.