Judge: Tucker Cipriano competent to stand trial in baseball bat attack case

(WXYZ) - A judge has ruled that Tucker Cipriano is competent to stand trial after reviewing partial results from his state psychological examination.

Cipriano and his friend Mitchell Young are charged with murder in the death of Tucker Cipriano's father Bob Cipriano.They're also accused of severely beating Tucker Cipriano's mother and brother with a baseball bat.

There is still question as to whether Cipriano can be held criminally responsible since there were initial reports that he may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the attacks.

The rest of the state forensic exam will be administered to determine his competency at the time of the attacks. If the state determines he should not be held criminally responsible, the prosecution could order their own private doctor to evaluate Tucker.

On the defense side, the attorneys plan to argue that the confession Cirpriano gave to police should be thrown out.

Cipriano's next hearing will be held on October 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Mitchell Young's defense attorney is pushing for the men to have separate trials. His next hearing date is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Young's defense also wants his client's confession thrown out. 

No trial date has been set for either men.


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