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People v. Howard

Michigan Court of Appeals
Jan 19, 1972
195 N.W.2d 289 (Mich. Ct. App. 1972)


Docket No. 10637.

Decided January 19, 1972.

Appeal from Saginaw, Fred J. Borchard, J. Submitted Division 3 December 7, 1971, at Grand Rapids. (Docket No. 10637.) Decided January 19, 1972.

John Howard was convicted of first-degree murder. Defendant appeals. Reversed and remanded with instructions.

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, Robert A. Derengoski, Solicitor General, George E. Thick, II, Prosecuting Attorney, and Roy De Gesero, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for the people.

Brisbois, Sturtz LaDue, for defendant.

Before: R.B. BURNS, P.J., and FITZGERALD and V.J. BRENNAN, JJ.

Defendant was convicted by a jury of two counts of first-degree murder (MCLA 750.316; MSA 28.548). Prior to his trial, defendant's attorneys moved to have him committed in order that his competency to stand trial be determined as provided by GCR 1963, 786.3. The court originally ordered such a commitment, but subsequently amended its order to provide that defendant be examined by a local clinical psychologist, the purpose being to determine whether commitment to a diagnostic facility was necessary to determine defendant's competency.

We feel the judge's actions in this regard were erroneous and reversible. The court rule (GCR 1963, 786.3) is mandatory. Whenever there is any question as to a defendant's competency to stand trial, and that question is raised upon defendant's motion, the court "shall" order the defendant committed to a diagnostic facility. People v. Ledbetter, 31 Mich. App. 160 (1971).

Reversed and remanded for commitment to a diagnostic institution and for a new trial.

All concurred.

Summaries of

People v. Howard

Michigan Court of Appeals
Jan 19, 1972
195 N.W.2d 289 (Mich. Ct. App. 1972)
Case details for

People v. Howard

Case Details

Full title:PEOPLE v. HOWARD

Court:Michigan Court of Appeals

Date published: Jan 19, 1972


195 N.W.2d 289 (Mich. Ct. App. 1972)
195 N.W.2d 289

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