Judge: Competency results not in for police death case
The results of a competency and criminal responsibility examination for the man charged with the shooting death of Detroit Police Officer Glenn Ross won’t be available for a little while longer, a Detroit judge said Friday.
Citing a letter from the psychiatrist conducting the evaluation, 36th District Court Judge Lydia Nance Adams said the doctor needs more time to evaluate and read more information on Decharlos O. Brooks to give an opinion whether the suspect is fit to stand trial. Adams scheduled a new court date, May 3, to hear expected results on the competency and criminal responsibility evaluations.
A preliminary examination will still need to be scheduled for the case.
Brooks, a 43-year-old Detroit resident, was charged with one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, seven counts of resisting and obstructing, eight counts of assault with intent to murder, and 17 counts of felony firearm in connection with Doss’s death in January.
The officer was among several other officers responding to a domestic violence call — from an individual believed to be Brooks — at a home in the 5500 block of McDougall, near Interstate 94 and Chene Street, around 10:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
When police arrived, Brooks was outside of the home and allegedly began firing at the officers. Doss was a passenger in one of the patrol vehicles when he was struck in the head. He died five days later at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Mayor Mike Duggan hailed the fallen officer as “everything that was good about Detroit.”
Brooks barricaded himself inside the home until the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team arrived and used tear gas to get him out of the residence before arresting him.
Family members of Doss filled Adams’ courtroom to hear the court proceedings.