Teen charged in carjacking and murder undergoing competency exam

By: Mike Koury | Advertiser Times | Published February 24, 2016

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HARPER WOODS — One of two teens involved in a January carjacking who has also been charged with murder in a separate case will undergo a mental competency examination before his next court date.

Ralph Anthony Marshall, 17, is charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, unlawful driving away of an automobile, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, and felony firearm in connection with a carjacking that occurred in the 14400 block of Edmore on Jan. 23.

Marshall also is charged with felony murder, carjacking and felony firearm in the murder of Erica Garner on Jan. 27.

Marshall’s attorney, Michael Mitchell, could not be reached for comment before press time.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Marshall’s defense requested that he undergo a competency exam by a forensic psychiatrist to see if he is competent to stand trial. The next hearing about his competency is scheduled for May 5, though it could be delayed if the exam says Marshall is not competent on that date.

“Everything stops for him, because a defendant can’t have a case if they’re not competent,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Maria Miller said. “They don’t believe that their client is competent to understand the nature of the proceedings or to participate in their defense.”

Marshall’s alleged accomplice, Rayvon Smith, 18, was charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, unlawful driving away of an automobile, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm in the Jan. 23 carjacking.

He underwent his preliminary examination on Friday, Feb. 12, and was scheduled to be arraigned in the 3rd Circuit Court on Friday, Feb. 19, after press time, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Smith’s attorney, Jeffery Maynard, could not be reached for comment by press time.

In the Jan. 23 incident, the Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Smith and Marshall attempted to carjack a 21-year-old Detroit man at gunpoint.

When the man tried to defend himself, Marshall allegedly jumped on the victim. This led to Smith allegedly shooting the man and Smith and Marshall taking off in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.