Myron Williams of faced Judge Carl Jarboe this week. Williams was referred for a competency exam. photo by Renee Landuyt.
August 01, 2013Grosse Pointe Park — A mental competency examination has been ordered for the man charged with the murder of Grosse Pointe Park resident Sabrina Gianino.
Judge Carl Jarboe referred Myron Williams for a mental competency examination and a determination of criminal responsibility at the request of Williams' attorney, Ray Paige. The preliminary examination, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29, was continued until 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
Williams, 42, is charged with three counts related to the strangulation death of Gianino, including felony murder, first-degree murder and unarmed robbery.
Gianino's body was found in a flat in the 1300 block of Wayburn she shared with her boyfriend. He discovered her body when he returned home from work shortly after midnight Thursday, May 16. Williams lived next door in the attic of a flat leased to his sister.
Williams was arrested May 18, and held on drug charges. On July 15, he was arraigned on the murder charges.
Paige, his court-appointed attorney, told the court he found some disturbing things while reviewing the case that warranted a competency examination.
Following the hearing, Paige said he believes the case against his client is built on circumstantial evidence that doesn't have merit.
"He was purported to have an iPad and a computer in his possession, but that doesn't equate to murder," Paige said.
Paige also said he has seen nothing that places his client in Gianino's flat.
"I welcome the prosecutor and Grosse Pointe Park police to give me something tangible that puts my guy in the house and had anything to do with the strangling her."
In requesting the competency evaluation, Paige said he was not trying to come up with an insanity defense for his client.
"I want to make sure he is ready for the battle," Paige said.
According to Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Molly Kettler, the preliminary examination is expected to be "lengthy," lasting possibly two days, with 10 witnesses expected to testify.