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Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend At MGM Grand Detroit To Undergo Exam

June 07, 2018 - 9:00 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A St. Clair Shores man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death, biting off her nose and leaving her lifeless body in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit will undergo a competency exam. 

Daniel Michalak, 33, was referred Wednesday to a forensic center for competency and criminal responsibility evaluations. He's charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the death of 27-year-old Tia Marie Vellucci, of Davison. 

Vellucci's body was found May 29 in room 408 after Michalak was seen "acting hysterically" at the hotel. She suffered multiple stab wounds as well as a bite wound to her face, prosecutors said, and it is believed that Michalak is the person responsible for her death. 

"The facts of this case are quite egregious," said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Hindelang. "At this point in time the evidence appears that the defendant stabbed his girlfriend multiple times in the neck and head, bit off her nose, and left the hotel room where the offense occurred." 

The incident remains under investigation. Prosecutors are still awaiting the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s report and other forensic testing.

Michalak is due back in court September 6.