UPDATE: Taylor and Zale trials continue, Taylor claims mental illness at defense

UPDATE 10:15 a.m. – The prosecution has rested it case against Ricard Taylor and the defense has begun. The defense began with testimony from a consulting forensic examiner who addressed Ricard Taylor’s family mental history and his delusions.

Dr. Ellen Garber testified that Taylor appears to have delusions and a history of seeing humans turn into werewolves. Dr. Garber said Taylor apparently believed both Michael Addo and Jordan Rogers were going to harm him before he shot them. She also testified that Taylor had a history of similar homicidal thoughts in the past.

6 News reporter Nick Perreault is in the courtroom and will have updates online and on 6 News at 6.

INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) –  Two big trials in mid-Michigan are expected to pick back up today.

In Ingham County, the man accused of killing two people just over one year ago returns to court.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Ricard Taylor walked into the Rite-Aid near the Frandor Shopping Center and shot Michael Addo. Just a few minutes later, officials say he went to his neighbor’s home and shot and killed Jordan Rogers.

Prosecutors showed a video conference to the jury on Friday. Taylor’s attorney says he suffers from a mental illness.

And in Livingston County the trial of the man accused of a deadly road rage shooting is scheduled to continue.

Prosecutors say Martin Zale killed Derrick Flemming after the two got into a fight in Genoa Township. Zale faces open murder charges which allows the jury to choose 1st or 2nd degree murder if they find Zale guilty.

 

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