LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Officials have released the identity of the 22-year-old man charged in firefighter Dennis Rodeman’s death. Rodeman was killed by a hit and run driver Wednesday.
Police say Grant Taylor was driving the pick-up truck that hit Rodeman at the corner of Jolly Road and S. Cedar Street.
Rodeman died of his injuries early Wednesday evening.
Taylor is charged with open murder, failing to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault causing death and two counts of fleeing and eluding (third degree).
He said he doesn’t want an attorney, but Magistrate Millmore said Taylor needs one. In court Magistrate Millmore brought up two parking tickets Taylor has.
Taylor’s bond has been denied. He is expected back in court next week for his pre-exam conference and later in September for his preliminary hearing in front of Judge Clarke.
“The Lansing Police patrol and investigation units are to be commended for their prompt response, and thorough investigation, of this tragic event,” said Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III. “. “The police also received critical assistance from members of the public. As always, first responders rely on an active and engaged citizenry, and Lansing stepped up to the plate in the investigation of this tragic loss.”
“Although my opinion is that we have sufficient information to authorize these charges and meet the probable cause burden of the preliminary examination this matter continues under investigation,” said Dunnings.