Raymond Durham.

Raymond Durham.is seen at a December 18 competency hearing. (Photo: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Man Charged In Wayne State Officer's Murder Found Incompetent For Trial For 5th Time

December 18, 2018 - 5:35 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - For a fifth time, the man accused in the shooting death of Wayne State University Police Sgt. Colin Rose has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Kenneth King handed down the decision in 36th District District Court Tuesday, saying that Raymond Durham has to be able to assist in his defense to be

Officer Collin Rose (Credit: WSUPD)
declared competent.

The latest psychiatric report presented in court is similar to earlier doctors' reviews that found the 61-year-old accused killer to be "erratic and psychotic."

There was some debate this time, however, with Forensic Psychologist Alicia Benedict testifying that, despite his mental illness, Durham had been able to "function on the streets" -- living independently, handling phone calls and fixing bicycles.

Rose, 29, was shot in the head while attempting to stop Durham near the WSU campus in November of 2016. 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.

Defense Attorney Gabi Silver has said she doesn't have much hope for her client, telling WWJ's Mike Campbell last summer: "He does not understand what's going on. He's not able to rationally assist in his defense. He is mentally ill."

Durham, who is charged with first-degree murder and murder of a peace officer, is expected to continue treatment in hopes that he will eventually face trial.