Three more employees from a Livonia mental health center were ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of abusing patients.

Thomas May, 59, of Westland will be tried for assault and battery, while Victor Peterson, 60, of River Rouge and Delvan Johnson, 24, were bound over on counts of third-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult and assault and battery.

The judge hearing the case dismissed a charge of third-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult against May.

May, Peterson and Delvan Johnson are due in Wayne County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 23.

They're among 10 people charged in connection with the abuse of three patients: a 49-year-old old Romulus man, a 26-year-old Redford man and a 51-year-old Dearborn Heights man.

Last month, two other COPE workers were bound over in the case. Wynton Dixon, 57, and Kyle Jackson, 30, were ordered to stand trial after Livonia District Judge Kathleen McCann watched video footage that investigators say showed them and  Peterson assaulting the Romulus man.

Another defendant, Demetrius Hunt, 28, of Wayne, waived his preliminary exam and will be tried on charges of third-degree abuse of a vulnerable person, assault and battery, and failure to report abuse of a mental health recipient.

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