CMU professor Lee's preliminary examination waived, settlement conferences pending

Robert Dale Lee, the Central Michigan University professor who has been charged with shooting at vacuum cleaner salesmen earlier this month, had his preliminary examination hearing waived Thursday morning.

The waiver comes exactly one week after Lee's attorney, Jeffrey D. Lynch made a request for the preliminary examination to be delayed.

Lee's ext proceeding will come in the form of several settlement conferences, in which Lynch and Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully will try and negotiate a plea deal.

If no plea agreement is reached, Lee's case will go to trial.

The 61-year-old faces a total of five charges according to an Isabella County Trial Court Register of Actions: Carrying a dangerous with unlawful intent, felonious assault, felony firearms, possession of a firearm while under the influence and reckless use of a firearm or weapon.

Voice messages left on Lee's home telephone were not immediately returned.

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