Judge Denies Motion Requesting Mikes Jr. be Evaluated by Defense's Psychologists
The state Center for Forensic Psychiatry must first evaluate incarcerated inmates, ruled Judge William Bolle.
Judge William Bolle denied Wednesday morning a motion from Patrick Mikes Jr.'s defense attorney requesting that Mikes Jr. be allowed to meet with the defense's psychological experts for analysis. Mikes Jr. was not present at the hearing at 52-4 District Court in Troy.
Mikes Jr., 21, is currently being held without bond at the Oakland County Jail after being charged with open murder on Aug. 9. He is accused of killing his father, 55-year-old Patrick Mikes Sr., on July 26.
Defense attorney Dave Williams said Wednesday that they are "seeking to explore all of the ... defense options in this case," though they are not yet willing to request an independent psychological evaluation for Mikes Jr., who is reportedly receiving psychological treatment and medication at the Oakland County Jail, according to Williams.
Oakland County Prosecutor Ken Frazee cited state statute and case law, which indicates that incarcerated inmates first be evaluated by the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry before being allowed to meet with independent psychologists, as reason for denying defense's motion to meet with their own psychologists.
"The integrity of the process says he must go to the forensic center first," Frazee said.
Bolle sided with prosecutors and denied the motion, saying that the defense must first assert an insanity plea and have Mikes Jr. evaluated by the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry before they may seek independent psychiatric analysis.
"That's what the statute says," Bolle said Wednesday.
Williams declined to file any plea with the court on Wednesday, and it is not yet known if Mikes Jr. will pursue an insanity plea.
Mikes Jr. was arraigned on Aug. 9 on a charge of homicide–open murder. Less than 24 hours after his arraignment, and following an intense search, investigators found the body of Mikes Sr. in Montrose Township.
Police have said they believe Mikes Sr. was killed in a violent altercation in the basement of his Troy home on Homewood Drive on July 27. He was last seen alive by his 16-year-old son, Andrew Mikes, on the evening of July 26.
Mikes Sr. did not show up for work on July 27, and investigators believe Mikes Jr., who has been the only named suspect in his father's disappearance, did not see his father leaving for a bike ride that day, as he first reported to police Sunday morning.
Mikes Jr. also was seen on surveillance video purchasing a large quantity of cleaning supplies at a local store on July 27, according to Troy police.
Mikes Jr. was charged on Aug. 1 with fraudulently using his younger brother's American Express card to make purchases at the AMC Theatre and Johnny Rocket's in Auburn Hills on July 26. His maternal grandparents paid his $50,000 bond the next day, police said. Before being arrested and charged with homicide-open murder on Aug. 9, Mikes Jr. had been ordered not to contact his younger brother or leave the state.
Police say there is no known history of violent altercations between Mikes Jr. and his father.
Mikes Jr. is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary examination with Judge William Bolle at 52-4 District Court in Troy at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.