A former Quicken Loans executive charged with stabbing his wife to death in their Commerce Township home Jan. 23 was declared mentally competent Wednesday to proceed with a preliminary examination.
Noah Ian Ravenscroft, 36, is charged with killing his 38-year-old wife, Kristy, with a knife during a domestic dispute in their home in the 1700 block of Applebrook Drive.
It is believed Ravenscroft then stabbed himself in the abdomen in an apparent suicide attempt, investigators said.
Ravenscroft’s attorney, Michael McCarthy, said the state Forensic Center of Psychiatry in Ypsilanti found his client mentally competent following an evaluation at the facility.
Ravenscroft appeared before Judge Travis Reeds of Novi’s 52-1 District Court via a video conference from the Oakland County Jail, where he is held without bond.
“Both I and the assistant prosecutor stipulated to the (competency) findings today,” McCarthy said.
The findings are that Ravenscroft has the mental capacity to understand the charges against him, to understand the judicial process he’s involved in and to aid in his own defense.
Reeds set an April 26 date for Ravenscroft’s preliminary examination. He has been ordered to have no contact with his three children, aged 4, 10, and 12, who have been temporarily placed in the custody of relatives.
The charges he faces carry a sentence of life in prison without parole.
According to court records, the children were in an upstairs room on Jan. 23 and a daughter “witnessed some of the domestic violence and saw her father grab for the knife before being told by her mother to go upstairs and lock herself in a room.”
The daughter made the 911 emergency call, according to police, to report her parents were fighting and her father was seeking a knife.
When deputies arrived at the home, a blood-soaked Ravenscroft answered the front door and allowed officers inside while making statements that his wife was dead. She was found in the living room and later pronounced deceased.
A kitchen knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered.
Ravenscroft had been employed at Quicken Loans for more than a decade and had last held a senior vice president’s position that involved technology, which he resigned in mid-December, according to company officials.