Superior homicide suspect faces new battery charge
A Superior man facing a murder charge was back in court last week for his alleged involvement in an attack on a fellow jail inmate. Chance William Andrews, 18, in custody at the Douglas County Jail, made an initial appearance in Douglas County Ci...
A Superior man facing a murder charge was back in court last week for his alleged involvement in an attack on a fellow jail inmate.
Chance William Andrews, 18, in custody at the Douglas County Jail, made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on a charge of felony battery by prisoners stemming from a Jan. 30 incident.
According to the criminal complaint:
Andrews and another prisoner, Michael Robert Simone, 30, of Duluth, attacked a fellow inmate the morning of Jan. 30 as an officer was distributing medication in their cell block. Simone retrieved a dust mop handle that had been hidden in the first floor shower, ran up to the inmate and began beating him over the head and back.
Andrews allegedly ran up to the inmate at the same time and threw several punches when the dust mop handle shattered. Andrews retreated back into his cell about the time the inmate who was being attacked gained control by body-slamming Simone onto the floor.
Simone also faces a charge of battery by prisoners. He failed to make an initial court appearance last week and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Andrews is accused of fatally shooting Superior resident Garth Velin in his Allouez neighborhood home on Sept. 30 during a botched robbery attempt. He faces one charge of felony murder and remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. Andrews' next court appearance on the murder charge is in for March. An additional $200 cash bail was ordered for the battery charge and a preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 25.