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.READ MORE: Lighthouse Partners With Gleaners To Expand Food Relief
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.READ MORE: 3 Dead, 9 Hurt In Separate Weekend Shootings In Detroit
Joseph Mauti and the couple’s two young children were inside the house.
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