Women accused of killing Garden City teen for laughing return to court
One defendant claims incompetence
GARDEN CITY, Mich. – Two women accused of killing a Garden City High School senior because he was laughing were back in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
One of the women claimed she's not in her right mind. The attorney for the woman who police say pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting told the judge her client isn't competent. But the 17-year-old's mother insisted she's hoping it will get her less time in jail, and nothing more.
Reginald Rose-Robinson was shot while walking and laughing with friends in Detroit. Police said the two women were in a car when one of the women fired a single shot, killing the teen.
"Every day it's a struggle for me," said Latrice Foster, Rose-Robinson's mother. She said not a day goes by when she doesn't cry over her son.
His parents' pain was worsened when the suspected shooter, Erica Osburn, told the court she isn't competent to stand trial.
"She killed my son, now she needs to fess up to it," Foster said. "Now she wants to play crazy."
The investigation showed Osburn and Sharnea McCoy shot Rose-Robinson because he laughed when someone made a comment about their body. The women took off running for days, which proved to the teen's family that the incompetence hearing is a waste of time.
"It's something to delay," Foster said. "You're just trying to buy time."
The judge ordered an evaluation, which will bring both defendants back to court at the end of the month. It will also bring back Rose-Robinson's family, which is searching for justice.
"My emotions are all over the place," Foster said. "Daily, it's a different feeling, emotion. One day I want to forgive them, within the hour, I want to hate them again."
Foster said her son was slated to attend college in Arizona.
The evaluation will take a few weeks to complete, officials said.
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