Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in suspect misses court date; he was already in prison

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A competency hearing for a man charged with breaking in to the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township on the night the building was heavily damaged by fire has been delayed because the defendant never made it to court.

Instead of being in 52-1 District Court in Novi on Wednesday,  Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, was being held at the Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia. He was sent to the state facility for an alleged parole violation after being arraigned on the new charges.

"The defendant was inadvertently transported to the Department of Corrections (rather than the Oakland County Jail)," Judge Travis Reeds said before rescheduling the hearing to April 27. "That's the earliest date for all the parties."

Kelm is charged with breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm. At his arraignment, a competency examination was requested and has been completed.

Paroled in July 2016, Kelm was to remain under supervision of the Michigan Department of Corrections until September 2018. According to the Department of Corrections, Kelm had been sentenced to prison for larceny, breaking and entering and vehicle theft. There was a delay in his being charged in the motorcycle club case while he was in the custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections.

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