the defendant wants to be tried by a judge can he be forced to take a jury trial
Yes. The prosecutor can demand a jury in any trial in circuit court.
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The state (prosecutor) has the same right as a defendant to demand a jury trial.
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.