FLINT (WJRT) (11/02/2017) - Three of five teenagers accused of throwing rocks off an overpass onto the southbound lanes of I-75 on Oct. 18 will be receiving mental competency exams before their court cases proceed.
Mark Sekelsky, 16, Kyle Anger, 17 and Trevor Gray, 15 all will receive competency exams. Attorneys for the other two suspects, 15-year-olds Alexzander Miller and Mikadyn Payne, did not request competency exams for their clients.
Only one of the attorneys asked the judge to set a bond in the case, which would allow his client to be released from jail. However, the judge denied the motion, so all five suspects will remain in jail.
Attorney Frank Manley, who is representing Sekelsky, clarified the purpose for the competency exams.
"This is not a request for an insanity defense," he said. "Today was to determine whether or not these young people can assist their lawyers. It's not insanity."
Attorney James Gust, who is representing Miller, said he had no reason to seek a competency exam at this point.
"It's very very difficult for a parent to deal with a situation like this," Gust said. "Alexzander Miller is a wonderful young man. He's really a child."
But 32-year-old Kenneth White's mom disagrees. White died when a rock allegedly thrown by Anger crashed through the windshield of the van in which he was riding.
"They're old enough. They know what they're doing," said Patricia Simpson.
The teens all charged with second degree murder. They are accused of throwing more than dozen large rocks from the Dodge Road overpass onto the highway.
More than two weeks after the incident, Simpson said her family is still hurting badly from the loss of White.
"Our hearts will always be broken, don't get me wrong," she said. "And those children -- my grandchildren -- without their daddy, it's going to be very hard."
All five suspects are scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 11. Simpson hopes the time will allow her family to heal and grieve.