Tarwacki murder prosecution on hold

The man charged last month with the February 2010 murders of John and Carolyn Tarwacki near Niles has memory problems and is prone to blackouts.

It was decided today in a Cass County courtroom that legal proceedings against 28 year old Keith James Lintz would be put on hold while he is examined to see if he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

“It appears as though Mr. Lintz has had some psychological problems, some medical problems that have led to memory problems and blackouts that make it difficult for me to be able to speak with him about his defense,” said defense attorney Greg Feldman.

The lead attorney for the prosecution argued that there’s a difference between memory problems, and incompetence: “I mean all he has to do is know he's charged, that's a defendant that this is a proceeding that's educing evidence against him what the risks are, if there's a problem in the past if he has some memory problem in the past, that doesn't address whether presently he's competent,” said Douglas Baker, a Special Assistant with the office of the Michigan Attorney General’s office.

The prosecution requested that the examination be done in an expedited fashion, but the judge replied she was unable to provide any guarantees.

The Tarwacki’s were found dead in their home on Carberry Road east of Niles in February of 2010.

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