DPS assistant principal bound over for trial

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The McCollough-Unis assistant principal facing felony charges in two separate cases has been ruled competent to stand trial and his Dearborn case has been bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court.

Fady Soueidan, 42, appeared for a preliminary examination of the evidence against him before 19th District Judge Sam Salamey Aug. 8 and was bound over on the charges of first degree home invasion, larceny in a building, aggravated stalking and domestic violence assault and battery.

The first three counts are felonies with maximum penalties of 20, 4 and 5 years, respectively. The domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor with a penalty of a maximum of 93 days in jail.

Soueidan was scheduled for his preliminary exam May 16 but the hearing was postponed at the request of defense attorney Arthur Weiss, who requested that Soueidan be given an evaluation of his competence and criminal responsibility at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

Soueidan will be arraigned on the charges Friday in circuit court.

It is alleged that at 11 p.m. March 22 Soueidan violated a personal protection order his wife had obtained against him by going to their house on Hampshire Court and physically assaulting her before stealing her cell phone.

The PPO had been filed against Soueidan on March 18.

Police responded to an emergency call of family trouble at the residence and arrested Soueidan without incident.

Soueidan is also the defendant in a second case involving felony charges in circuit court.

In that case, it is alleged that at 8:15 p.m. March 14 Soueidan went to an apartment 36000 block of McKinley in Westland to visit a woman he was acquainted with and while there kicked in the front door and stole the woman’s cell phone.

He was arraigned before 18th District Court Judge Judge Sandra Cicirelli three days later on the charges of first degree home invasion and interfering with a crime report.

The maximum penalty for the home invasion is 20 years while the interfering charge is a misdemeanor with a penalty of one year in prison.

Soueidan also underwent a competency exam for that case and was deemed competent to stand trial before being bound over to the circuit court June 12.

A final conference for that case is scheduled for Aug. 22 before Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway and the jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 9.

Soueidan is currently suspended from his position with the Dearborn Public Schools.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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