UPDATE (11:45am) – The man police and prosecutors say purposely drove his truck into a Lansing firefighter in a deadly fit of rage has been found competent to stand trial.
22-year-old Grant Taylor was in court this morning as a judge announced the court’s decision.
Taylor was bound over to Circuit Court for trial where he faces a number of charges including open murder.
Police say he targeted firefighter Dennis Rodeman while he was collecting money for charity in a south Lansing intersection.
Taylor’s lawyer asked the court for a “mental evaluation” after some bizarre incidents were reported by Taylor’s family and friends.
In the months before the deadly hit-and-run Taylor’s mother says she asked for the court’s help after she found her son wandering outside.
And his friends said Taylor once began speaking in numbers.
The court started hearing witness testimony shortly after the judge’s decision this morning.
LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – Grant Taylor is expected to be in Lansing courtroom Thursday morning for preliminary and competency examinations.
Back in October Judge Hugh Clarke Junior told the court the case against the 22-year-old would remain on hold until the results of Taylor’s competency exam came in.
Taylor faces several charges, including open murder, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and two counts of fleeing from police.
Prosecutors say Taylor intentionally drove into Rodeman three-months-ago, while he and other fire fighters were collecting donations for charity in a Lansing intersection.
Since then, questions have been raised regarding Taylor’s mental health and whether he knew what his charges meant.