CADILLAC — A 40-year-old Cadillac girl, who was charged with open homicide and animal killing/torture offenses final month, is present process evaluations to find out if she might be held criminally accountable and competent to face trial.

Angelee Noel Ross was charged with one depend of murder — open homicide, two counts of third-degree killing/torturing of an animal and three counts of felony firearms for her reference to an incident on or between the dates of March 16 and March 17 in Norman Township in Manistee County’s eighty fifth District Court docket.

The courtroom ordered the criminally accountability and competency evaluations on March 31.

Felony accountability means deciding if the defendant ought to be deemed accountable or not for the alleged crime based mostly upon their psychological or emotional state on the time of the offense.

In distinction, competency to face trial means deciding as as to whether or not the defendant is mentally able to standing trial as a result of defendant’s present psychological or emotional state of being. The defendant additionally should be capable to perceive the cost she or he is dealing with, perceive his or her Constitutional trial rights, and have the flexibility to rationally help his or her lawyer within the protection of the case.

In accordance with MCL 330.2020, “A defendant to a legal cost shall be presumed competent to face trial. He shall be decided incompetent to face trial provided that he’s incapable due to his psychological situation of understanding the character and object of the proceedings towards him or of aiding in his protection in a rational method.”

The costs Ross faces alleged she murdered 56-year-old William Joseph Johnson and killed his two canines at his Wellston house both through the night of March 16 or the early morning hours of March 17.

The costs are merely accusations and never proof of guilt. Ross is presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible in a courtroom of legislation. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt past an inexpensive doubt.

In a press launch by the Cadillac Michigan State Police, it said Johnson sustained a number of “acts of violence” to his head and physique, that are believed to have prompted his dying. Police additionally stated Johnson’s canines each confirmed indicators of great trauma to their our bodies attributable to stab wounds. Johnson and Ross had been beforehand in a courting relationship and police stated they had been nonetheless acquaintances.

Michigan State Police Seventh District Public Info Officer Spl/Lt. Derrick Carroll stated final month he could not give rather more element than was offered within the press launch however stated Ross was the one that instructed police to go to Johnson’s home. Carroll additionally stated Ross wasn’t at Johnson’s house when she was arrested.

Ross is being held with out bond in Manistee County Jail and no extra courtroom dates had been set.