GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — A psychiatric expert says a 12-year-old boy is incompetent to face trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.
The opinion from an expert hired by the boy's defense attorney conflicts with a state expert's finding. The boy is charged with murder in the death of Michael Verkerke, who was killed in August at a playground in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Friday that a Kent County Circuit Court judge will hear attorneys' arguments during a hearing on April 30. The judge will then decide if the case goes to trial.
The Associated Press isn't naming the boy because of his age. His mother and step-father are facing child abuse charges, and his siblings have been removed from their home.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids