Questions of mental sanity for man suspected of shooting two Detroit officers

DETROIT – The court is ordering a psychiatric evaluation of Raymond Durham, who is accused of shooting two Detroit officers earlier this week.  

Durham's family describes him as schizophrenic,  but mental illness may not help in keeping him out of prison.

Durham allegedly opened fire on the two officers and then took off running, hiding himself and preparing for another attack. "It's a very good argument that he fled the scene because he knew what he did was wrong. That's a sign he was aware of his conduct," Local 4 legal expert Neil Rockind says.

Rockind is a former prosecutor and current defense attorney and says the chances of a successful insanity defense are always slim. "It's the hardest defense to convince a jury to accept."

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