Judge grants another exam for Taylor

Posted at 8:33 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 07:32:46-04

Grant Taylor spent most of the hearing swiveling in his chair. He seemed disinterested and at times appeared to be talking to himself.

The question now is whether or not he understands the court proceedings and if he can help his attorney in the trial.

The forensics center said yes last November, but now Taylor's Attorney, Stacia Buchanan, says no.

Taylor has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and his attorney said she wants his medications reviewed.

"When I visited my client in jail it was apparent that he was not living in reality at this point," she said. "He has now informed me that his beliefs about the days before this event that he was in another country."

But, the Prosecutor said there's no documentation that his medications have changed or that he's been hospitalized since the first competency exam.

"Just because he's exhibiting some signs of mental illness, doesn't mean he's not competent to stand trial," Prosecutor John Dewane said. "We're prepared to move forward with trial."

Judge Canady said, ruling on the side of caution, he's sending Taylor back for one more exam.

A slow down for the Lansing Fire Department, but the Union President, Eric Weber, said they understand the process.

"Would we like closure? Absolutely. But, we understand that we have to go through it. And, it's gonna be hard," Weber said.

And he added they'll continue to show up each court date to honor their fallen brother, Dennis Rodeman.

The other issue to be determined is if Taylor was legally sane at the time of the hit-and-run.

The Prosecutor's forensic exam expert said yes, but the Defense's said no.

The jury will have to decide, assuming the case goes to trial.

It's scheduled to start August 15th.