- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for the Michigan man accused of murdering a 14-year-old girl found several months ago on a popular Macomb County nature trail.

James VanCallis of Goodells is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and assault with intent to rape in the death of April Millsap. Authorities say he hit the teen with a motorcycle helmet and stomped on her in July while she was walking her dog along the Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada. They say VanCallis planned to rape Millsap but he was interrupted by a witness.

A Macomb County judge granted the defense attorney’s request that VanCallis undergo a mental and culpability evaluation.

The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1HDitqY ) reports the attorney maintains there is no DNA evidence linking his client to the crime.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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