Murder suspect to undergo psych exam

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 25, 2015

 Judge Maureen McGinnis orders Mullen to undergo a competency exam during his probable cause hearing.

Judge Maureen McGinnis orders Mullen to undergo a competency exam during his probable cause hearing.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — Family members and friends of Jamila Monet Vigler-Cage, 21, of Auburn Hills, crowded 52-4 District Court March 18 as Judge Maureen McGinnis ordered the victim’s ex-boyfriend to undergo a competency exam.


Cory Daniel Mullen, 24, of Clinton Township, is charged with first-degree homicide in Vigler-Cage’s death.


Another employee where Vigler-Cage worked at One Source Talent found Vigler-Cage dead March 7 in the parking lot, located east of Coolidge and north of 14 Mile. She was slumped in the driver’s seat of a black sedan with multiple gunshot wounds to her head and upper body, said Troy police Sgt. Andy Breidenich.


Mullen was arraigned March 10.


Wearing a belly chain and orange prison garb, Mullen kept his eyes cast down during the March 18 probable cause hearing.


Mullen’s court-appointed attorney, Amy Hopp, said the intent of the forensic examination is to determine criminal responsibility and competency.


Hopp said that Mullen has a history of mental health issues spanning a decade.


Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Barbara Morrison handled the proceeding.


Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper explained that the purpose of the exam was to determine “whether or not they can stand trial (understand the nature of the proceedings) and whether or not, as a result of mental illness at the time of the offense, the individual lacks substantial capacity to appreciate the nature of the quality of the wrongfulness of their conduct.”


Mullen’s initial exam at is expected to take 90 days.


If he is not deemed competent, Cooper said, he would be sent back to the county’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry for a period of time.


Cooper said that those sent to the center are frequently made competent — “sometimes they are medicated” — and doctors at the center make the determination.


She said that if an individual is deemed competent to stand trial and elects to use an insanity defense, “it would be up to a jury to determine if it meets the legal criteria (for insanity).”

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