Accused cop killer’s bad behavior adjourns hearing

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A court hearing for the 21-year-old Detroit man accused of killing Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil was adjourned Tuesday because of the suspect’s behavior.

Marquise Cromer’s arraignment and probable cause hearing have been rescheduled for Wednesday because Cromer was having “some behavioral problems,” said 36th District Judge Deborah Langston.

Cromer’s attorney, Sanford Schulman, said at court he had not yet met with Cromer to ask him about what happened.

“We have a lot of issues to discuss,” Schulman said.

Court officials would not say what the behavior was. Cromer’s father told The Detroit News earlier this week they believe lead poisoning causes his anger issues.

Schulman also said there is the possibility his client will undergo mental competency and criminal responsibility exams, which could take weeks.

Cromer’s arraignment on charges of murder of a peace officer, first-degree murder and resisting and obstructing a police officer causing death was rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. He is accused of shooting Steil in the shoulder as the officer tried to apprehend him Sept. 11.

Schulman said the arraignment will be via video at the 36th District Court on Madison. Cromer is then expected to appear before Langston in Frank Murphy Hall of Justice for a probable cause hearing where a date for a preliminary examination is scheduled and other possible pre-trial issues are discussed.

Cromer’s family members attended the hearing Tuesday, but declined comment.

Steil was part of a team that tried to arrest Cromer for allegedly shooting his father in the foot earlier in the day Sept. 11. Cromer had fled from his family’s home in the 2100 block of Dickerson on the city’s east side around 5 p.m. before police arrested him in the15000 block of East Seven Mile.

Steil died Saturday.

Schulman said Cromer’s family was not able to see the suspect Tuesday at the jail.

Detroit police officers and others flocked to the the 9th Precinct on Monday where the 20-year veteran worked to honor the fallen officer by decorating his squad car. The black Dodge Charger, No. 143811, was parked in front of the precinct’s flagpole, which displayed a banner at half-staff. The car was draped with a black shroud and a blue ribbon.

Cromer also has been charged in connection with a carjacking that also occurred Sept. 11 in the area of Conant and Casmere in Hamtramck.


Staff Writer George Hunter contributed

Funeral arrangements

■Visitation for Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Wujek-Calcaterra and Sons, 36900 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights.

■His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores

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