Royal Oak doctor facing threat charges to undergo exams
Royal Oak — A medical marijuana doctor charged with making internet threats to kill Oakland County’s prosecutor, a retired judge and others will undergo psychiatric testing, a Royal Oak judge ordered Tuesday.
Dr. Kumar A. Singh, 47, of Royal Oak — who has operated his Greenlite Clinic on Maple in Troy since 2009 — is charged with 22 offenses of terrorism, use of the internet to make the threats and ethnic intimidation, the majority of which are felonies that carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison. He also faces a criminal responsibility testing.
Court-appointed defense attorney Michael McCarthy told 44th District Judge Jamie Wittenberg he and Genesee County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Hanson agreed the evaluations were necessary.
Later, outside the courtroom, McCarthy explained his request to have his client fully evaluated by saying: “There are some rather bizarre facts surrounding the allegations in this case.” He declined to comment on conversations he has had with Singh.
The evaluation of criminal responsibility, to be done over the next 90 days at the State Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti, will determine whether at the time of the allegations, Singh could distinguish right from wrong or had the ability to control his actions. The test for competency is to determine if Singh is able to fully understand the charges he faces and can help his attorney in his defense. Failing the tests could lead to Singh’s attorney seeking an insanity defense for his client.
Wittenberg set the next hearing in the case for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10, at which time he will also address a charge of whether Singh violated terms of his probation from an earlier weapons offense.
Singh was arrested by Royal Oak police after several people complained that beginning on Sept. 10 he posted social media threats of harm against assistant prosecuting attorneys and their families.
The case is being handled by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office after Oakland Prosecutor Jessica Cooper recused her office and staff from the matter.
John Potbury, an assistant prosecutor who is spokesperson for the Genesee office, said Singh was allegedly angry at several people he felt “severely tarnished his reputation” during a 2013 criminal case in which he was called to testify.
Potbury said during a search of Singh’s apartment “evidence was found that indicates he had the ability to carry out the threats.” An AR-15 assault rifle was found July 15 in the apartment after a neighbor reported hearing gunfire. Singh pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to a misdemeanor offense of discharge of a firearm, paid a $885 fine and was placed on one year’s probation.
Singh remains jailed on $1 million bond.