A 30-year-old McBain man charged in an alleged shooting had his bond reduced during a hearing in Missauke County. Colton Anthony-David Helsel had his bond lowered to 10% of $10,000 and was ordered to wear a GPS tether. The probable cause conference was adjourned to allow for more discovery. Helsel is charged with assault with intent to murder and faces up to life in prison if convicted. The victim and Helsel knew each other, and the incident was not random. shooting-suspect-has-bond-changed/article_2b4ea8e8-37aa-11ee-8f20-e7cba053839e.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Cadillac News reported
LAKE CITY — In Missaukee County 84th District Court, a bond hearing was held for Colton Anthony-David Helsel, a 30-year-old McBain man who is facing charges related to a shooting incident. During the hearing, Helsel’s bond was reduced from $100,000 cash or surety to 10% of a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Additionally, he was ordered to wear a GPS tether. It was reported that Helsel had already posted bond. The probable cause conference was adjourned to allow for more discovery and rescheduled for August 24. As a result, the preliminary exam, originally scheduled for August 17, was also adjourned, with no new date set.
During Helsel’s arraignment on July 31 before Judge Melissa Ransom in 84th District Court, defense counsel Steve King requested a personal recognizance bond or a lower cash or surety bond. However, Missaukee County Prosecutor David DenHouten argued for a higher bond due to the severity of the crime. Judge Ransom ultimately issued the higher bond but expressed openness to lowering it if a bond motion was compelling.
If Helsel were to post bond, certain conditions were discussed at the arraignment, including wearing a GPS tether, having no contact with the victim, and not possessing firearms. Helsel was charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with an incident that occurred on July 29 in Clam Union Township. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It is important to note that the charge against Helsel is merely an accusation and does not constitute evidence of guilt. He is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law, and the burden of proof lies with the prosecution.
The shooting incident was reported on July 30, when deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to a call about a shooting in the area of Stoney Corners Road and South 7 Mile Road in Clam Union Township. The victim, who had been shot once in the shoulder with a high-caliber rifle, was located and contacted by the deputies. The victim and Helsel were known to each other, and the incident was not random. Helsel was arrested without any confrontation with the police, and the alleged weapon used in the shooting was found inside his vehicle while he was outside. There were no other individuals present at the scene.
The victim received treatment from Missaukee County EMS at the scene and was then transported by helicopter to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. At the time of the incident, the victim was reported to be in stable condition.
Helsel was also present at the scene of the shooting when deputies arrived and was identified as the alleged shooter. He was taken into custody and lodged in the Missaukee County Jail on charges of attempted murder. The initial investigation indicated that there was a verbal confrontation between Helsel and the victim, which allegedly led to the shooting incident..