INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An Oakland County man charged in the fatal bludgeoning of his wife and dog has been found competent to assist his defense attorney.

The Oakland Press in Pontiac reports that 32-year-old Joseph Mauti faces a March 9 preliminary examination.

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Mauti is charged with first-degree murder and animal cruelty.

Deputies investigating a welfare complaint last May found 30-year-old Lindsey Mauti dead on the floor of the family’s garage in Independence Township, northwest of Detroit. The dog’s body was nearby.

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Joseph Mauti and the couple’s two young children were inside the house.

 

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