48ºF

Judge orders man accused of killing Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose to stay behind bars

Raymond Durham appears in court for competency hearing

DETROIT – Defenders cameras were rolling in court Friday as Raymond Durham, the man charged with killing Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose, appeared for a competency hearing.

Durham has been found not competent to stand trial multiple times, leading to fears that he could be released. Defender Karen Drew spoke with Rose’s parents about their feelings going into Friday’s hearing.

His father, Randy Rose, was anxious Friday. It’s been three years to the day since his son was shot by Durham, according to authorities. Randy Rose said he needed to be in court to make sure Durham wouldn’t be released.

Durham was seemingly confused in court. He was there on a petition to be released.

“His diagnosis is schizophrenia,” said Dr. Ravi Singh Kirbat, a psychiatrist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry.

Doctors at the psychiatric center where Durham is treated said he continues to have paranoid thoughts.

“Mr. Durham continues to present with active psychotic symptoms,” Singh said.

Durham, 60, was charged with first-degree premeditated murder in Collin Rose’s death. The shooting happened Nov. 22, 2016.

Durham was also charged a few months later in the shooting of two Detroit police officers. But he’s never stood trial.

“It’s three years to the day today when Collin was shot,” Randy Rose said. “Honestly, we’re nowhere closer to getting to a courtroom today than we were three years ago. That’s frustrating to us.”

It didn’t take long for the judge to decide Friday that she wasn’t taking any chances. The petition for release was denied and Durham was ordered to stay behind bars. It was a small victory for the Rose family, but they said they’ll continue to fight for justice for their son.

“It leaves a tremendous hole in your heart,” Randy Rose said.

He said he feels for the family of Detroit police Officer Rasheen McClain, who was killed this week in the line of duty.

“We know what they are going through,” Randy Rose said. “My heart goes out to them.”


About the Authors: