Alleged killer of WSU cop still found incompetent

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The man accused of killing Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose was again found by a psychiatrist to be mentally incompetent to stand trial for murder.

Raymond Durham, 62, appeared Tuesday via video from a psychiatric facility for the competency review hearing before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King.

King set a hearing date for Aug. 8 for another competency review hearing to determine if the Detroit man will be deemed mentally competent to stand trial in Rose’s death. King said Durham will continue to receive treatment and that there “appears to be some progression”of Durham’s mental state.

If the suspect continues to be found mentally incompetent, he could be held at the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry until he regains competency.

Rose was shot to death Nov. 22, 2016, on Lincoln Street near Grand River and Trumbull. Another man was arrested in connection with Rose’s murder and charged but prosecutors later dropped the charges when it was discovered that the man was at a nearby Coney Island at the time of the Rose’s killing.

The Detroit Police Department says DNA evidence links Durham to the crime.

Durham was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in April 2017 and November.

Durham’s defense attorney Gabi Silver, quoting from the competency report, said Tuesday Durham “continues to be erratic and psychotic.” She said Durham will be committed to the forensic center for treatment until he is deemed competent to stand trial and be able to assist in his defense.

Durham’s family members have said he is mentally ill and homeless.

The shooting death of Rose was a mile and a half from the site where the two Detroit officers were shot in March 2017. Police have identified Durham as the man who shot the two officers from 3rd Precinct Special Operations near Ash and Tillman on Detroit’s west side.

James Kisselburg was wounded in the neck and Ben Atkinson was struck in the ankle. Atkinson also was shot twice in the chest, but he was wearing his bulletproof vest.

Both were treated for gunshot wounds.

Authorities allege Durham pulled a gun from his waistband and shot the police officers around 8:15 p.m. March 15, 2017, after they stopped him for acting erratically. Police allege Durham fled after the shooting, “reloaded” his .38 caliber gun and “burrowed” in an area nearby, waiting to attack the officers for a second time.

Durham was discovered near Vinewood and Michigan. He was taken to a hospital for treatment for several gunshot wounds.

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