Grant Taylor found incompetent to stand trial

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LANSING, Mich.(WLNS) –  The trial of  Lansing man, Grant Taylor has been delayed indefinitely.

The move comes after a judge ruled Wednesday Taylor is currently incompetent to stand trial.

Taylor is accused of killing Lansing Firefighter Dennis Roademan last September.

6 News spoke to Lansing officials close to the case Wednesday right after the decision came down.

“What that says to me is that he was mentally ill and I’m not surprised by that,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Taylor who has a history of mental illness was initially found competent to stand trial last year.

But Taylor’s court appointed attorney asked for a second evaluation in April.

Judge Clinton Canady granted that request.

“I think we have really failed people with mental illness. I think we have failed the community,” said Bernero.

Mayor Bernero says community mental health in Michigan does not have the dollars it needs.

Dollars that could have helped Grant Taylor.

“The state has closed virtually all the state hospital for mental illness and the fact is we have people walking around who need treatment and he was one of them,” said Bernero.

Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski says mental health isn’t just a local problem.

“It’s a crisis all over the country with mental illness we need more funding,” said Yankowski.

So what’s next for Taylor?

Lisa McCormick with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s not unusual the court found Taylor incompetent.

“He’ll be continually evaluated by the Center for Forensic Psychiatry and there’s a substantial chance he will regain competency,” said McCormick.

And for Lansing first responders, it’s all about moving forward and honoring the legacy of Dennis Rodeman.

“It’s just an absolute tragic event. We can never get Dennis back but we can also memorialize what he meant for this community,” said Yankowski.

Moving forward, McCormick says the state has 15 months to bring Grant Taylor back to competency for trial before charges would have to be dismissed.

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