January trial set for man accused in 14-year-old’s death

(MOUNT CLEMENS) — A trial date has been pushed back for a man accused of killing a 14-year-old girl along a popular suburban Detroit nature trail. James VanCallis was scheduled for trial starting Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court, but it now is scheduled to begin January 12. The delay is so a defense expert can have more time to review data from additional cellphone records. The St. Clair County man 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 2014 while she was walking her dog along the Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada. His lawyer has said there’s no DNA evidence linking his client to the crime.

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