Man accused of killing Michigan firefighter who was collecting donations will go to trial

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 ( ) 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,