2012-12-13 / Community

Area man declared competent for trial

Kouw will face three charges; two felonies

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man who sought a possible insanity plea in October has been found competent to stand trial. The decision was made during a competency hearing last week.

Larry Allen Kouw, 64, of 596N County Road 440, faces one count each of: misdemeanor assault; felony resisting and obstructing an officer, causing injury; and felony resisting and obstructing an officer. The charges stem from an alleged incident on Oct. 3.

On Oct. 10, Kouw’s courtappointed attorney, Kathryn Denholm, spoke on behalf of Kouw, who was not present, and submitted a notice of filing an insanity defense and asked that the court order an examination of competency and criminal responsibility.

An examination of competency and criminal responsibility was ordered by 93rd District Court Judge Mark E. Luoma.

On Dec. 5, the results of an evaluation from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry were revealed during a competency hearing, and Kouw was found competent to stand trial on all three of the charges.

Kouw waived his right to a preliminary examination on Dec. 10 and was bound over to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.

Kouw is currently lodged in the Schoolcraft County Jail with a $100,000 cash or surety bond for the probation violation and an additional $100,000 cash or surety bond for the felony charges.

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