LANSING, Mich. – A man accused of intentionally striking a Michigan firefighter with his pickup truck has been ordered to trial on a murder charge and other crimes.
A judge heard testimony from witnesses Thursday after attorneys signed off on an expert's report that found Grant Taylor is competent. He has a history of mental illness.
Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman was struck and killed in September while in a street collecting donations for charity.
A witness, Jeff Town, says Rodeman and Taylor spoke before Taylor became "very agitated" and drove away. Police say he returned and hit Rodeman with his pickup.
The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1LRahCM ) reports that another firefighter, Bruce Wheeler, says he jumped out of the way after making eye contact with Taylor before Rodeman was hit.
Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com