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Man Charged In Wayne State Officer's Murder Due Back In Court

December 18, 2018 - 7:38 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A man accused of killing a Wayne State University police officer is scheduled to be back in court.

Raymond Durham is said to have pulled the trigger the night Collin Rose was fatally shot. A hearing with Judge Kenneth King begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday to determine if Durham is competent to stand trial.

Durham has been undergoing continued treatment since a psychiatric exam in August found the 61-year-old was still not competent to stand trial for Rose's murder; it was the fourth time Durham was found incompetent. A similar review in May found that Durham was "erratic and psychotic."

Officer Collin Rose (Credit: WSUPD)

Rose, 29, was shot in the head while attempting to stop Durham near Wayne State’s campus. The five-year veteran of the department, who worked in the canine unit, had just radioed to say he was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars and SUVs when he was killed. DNA found on a flashlight collected by investigators at the murder scene matches Durham, police said.

Durham is also accused of shooting two Detroit police officers March 15, 2017 near Ash and Tillman on Detroit’s southwest side. One officer was shot in the neck; the other in the ankle, and body armor stopped two bullets to the chest. Durham was brought into custody after a two-hour manhunt that night and taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds he sustained when police returned fire. After his arrest in the shooting, he was linked to Rose's murder.

Durham is facing multiple charges including first degree premeditated murder, murder of a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony firearm. He faces mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted as charged.