Flint – A Flint judge agreed Thursday to allow a second set of competency exams for three teenagers charged in a fatal October rock-throwing incident on Interstate 75.
Attorneys for three defendants who had forensic examinations that found them mentally competent to stand trial told Judge William Crawford of 67th District Court they needed more time to obtain the independent mental reviews of their clients before proceeding in the case.
Crawford granted the requests but refused to hear any arguments on bond. All five teenagers, aged 15 to 17, will remain in custody pending a probable cause hearing rescheduled for March 8 on second-degree murder and other offenses.
Attorneys for Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, requested forensic reviews to determine whether their clients were mentally competent at the time of the incident and can assist attorneys in their defense. Attorneys for Alexzander Miller, 15, and Mikadyn Payne, 16, did not request the tests.
“Some people are referring to them as the ‘Clio Five’ but I intend to show my client should be considered a solo act, if that,” said Frank Manley, who represents Sekelsky. “These are kids with no (criminal) record and I think everyone has to keep that in mind moving forward. My client is terrified.”
Manley, like other attorneys in the case, said he believes there is a range of culpability that will unfold with the evidence. All are charged as adults and could potentially face any term of years of up to life in prison if convicted as charged.
Investigators said the five tossed rocks, one weighing 20 pounds, off an overpass in an effort to hit vehicles on I-75 in Vienna Township. One six-pound rock crashed through the windshield of a van and struck Kenneth White, 32, of Mount Morris. The construction worker and father of a 5-year-old son later died from injuries.