PONTIAC (WWJ) – It was a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon for nineteen-year-old Tucker Cipriano, who is one of two persons, accused of attacking his family with a baseball bat earlier this year, killing his father and seriously injuring his mother and brother.
During the hearing, prosecutors told the judge that a forensic exam found Cipriano competent to stand trial. But outside the courthouse, his attorney, Mitch Rabitwer said he can still present an insanity defense if he chooses, despite the psychiatric exam.
In early June, Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young were bound over for trial, charged in the deadly attack on the Farmington Hills family.
Dr. Ruben Ortiz-Reyes, a forensic pathologist with the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s, took the witness stand in the June preliminary hearing – testifying that Robert Cipriano drown in his own blood due to massive injuries. (Read more HERE)
Cipriano will be back in court for an evidentiary hearing at the end of October.
Meantime, Young will be in court Wednesday. His attorney is attempting to have statements Young made to police in the hours after the attack thrown out. Young, who suffered a dislocated jaw in the course of the attack, was questioned by police hours later at the hospital. His lawyer plans to argue that Young didn’t understand his rights at the time because of the injuries.
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