Man charged with shooting to have psychiatric evaluation

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 12, 2014

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ROSEVILLE — John Partridge, a Roseville man who allegedly shot his stepdaughter with birdshot amid a domestic dispute, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation prior to getting a court date set, following a preliminary examination at the 39th District Court March 5.

Tim Barkovic, Partridge’s attorney, said — after discussions with Partridge’s family — that he suggested that a psychiatric evaluation should be done to determine Partridge’s competency and culpability “related to this matter.”

“His family indicates he’s got some recognizable issues,” Barkovic said. “I don’t want to address specifics at this time, but it may be some issue precluding him from fully appreciating the circumstances of this case.”

He said these issues could be medical in origin, but both he and the prosecuting attorney, Darra Slanec, are unable to make a professional assessment. Judge Catherine Steenland agreed to hold off on setting another court date, pending the findings of the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor.

Barkovic added that Partridge is wearing an alcohol tether and has been compliant with it, and Steenland said that under the terms of his bond, he must abstain from alcohol, firearms, and any and all contact with the victim in the case.

Partridge stands charged with felony firearm and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 12 years in prison. According to a Roseville Police Department press release, he allegedly was in the middle of an argument with his wife Feb. 2, which escalated into an assault. When his stepdaughter allegedly became involved and started assisting her mother, Partridge reportedly shot his stepdaughter with a handgun loaded with a shotgun shell full of birdshot, striking her in the chest.

“That .410 shotgun shell, it’s like birdshot — bird pellet,” Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon told the Eastsider in February. “So it was fortunate it didn’t strike any vital areas — rather a severe flesh wound, for lack of a better description.”

Complaining witness Nicole Fleming, the stepdaughter, asked Steenland if the condition of no contact with the victim could be dropped, but Steenland dismissed the notion.

“Not under the circumstances. He is charged with a 10-year felony,” Steenland said. “If you’re the victim, you’re not going to drop a no-contact provision.”

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