Makai Matthew Summers Deemed Fit to Proceed in Grand Forks Criminal Cases

GRAND FORKS ( – Makai Matthew Summers, a 19-year-old Fargo man accused of attempted murder and other crimes, has undergone evaluation and been found fit to proceed in his Grand Forks County criminal cases. Summers had previously pleaded guilty to terrorizing with a weapon and simple assault in August, where court documents detailed an alleged assault with a knife.

Initially ordered to serve 60 days in custody, Summers had nearly completed his sentence when he faced additional charges. These new charges led to the reopening of his case, potentially resulting in a re-sentencing with additional time in custody.

The charges stem from an incident on Aug. 24 when Summers reportedly stabbed Michael Allen Torrey Jr. multiple times during an argument, resulting in injuries requiring surgery. He faced charges of Class A felony attempted murder and Class C felony aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

While in custody on Sept. 27, Summers allegedly instigated a physical altercation with a correctional officer by throwing a meal tray. This led to charges of Class C felony simple assault on a correctional officer and Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Concerns about Summers’ deteriorating mental health prompted his commitment to the North Dakota State Hospital for evaluation in October. Following a fitness hearing on Dec. 8, he was deemed fit to proceed with an understanding of the charges, court proceedings, and the ability to assist in his defense.

Summers is scheduled for preliminary hearings and arraignments on Jan. 8.


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