Oakland prosecutors seek mental exam for poodle-swinging suspect
January 13, 2005, 6:44 AM
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Oakland County prosecutors are seeking a new mental exam for a man who is accused of swinging a poodle to fend off a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.
Girlamo A. Marinello, 37, of Macomb County's Shelby Township was charged last year with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, resisting and obstructing police and animal cruelty. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
On Feb. 26, 2004, a deputy tried to stop Marinello for running a stop sign in Oakland County's Oakland Township. Marinello rammed the deputy's car and then got out of his vehicle, swinging the 4-pound poodle on her leash, police said.
Marinello was scheduled to stand trial this month. But defense lawyer Judith Gracey told a judge Wednesday that her client was too mentally ill to understand his actions and should be acquitted by reason of insanity, the Detroit Free Press said.
The suspect is at the state forensic psychiatry center.
Assistant Prosecutor Rob Novy agreed that Marinello is mentally ill but asked for an independent mental examination before agreeing to an insanity plea.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com