Anastase Markou

Prosecutor announces decision not to charge man living with Dementia

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Oct. 10, 2018 – On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, Kent County, Michigan, Prosecutor Chris Becker announced a decision not to charge a 61-year-old man living with dementia in the death of his roommate at an assisted living center. The victim was hit by the suspect and suffered a broken jaw and eventually other complications; he died six months later.

WOOD TV reporter Marvis Herring spoke with Levine & Levine Associate Attorney Anastase Markou about the prosecutor’s decision.

Markou who has 24-years experience as a defense attorney agrees that charges were not appropriate in this case. He notes that it is clear the suspect suffered form dementia for years before the incident and couldn’t properly defend himself in court.

“I don’t know any case where dementia gets better,” Markou said. “It isn’t the diagnosis of dementia itself that renders the suspect incompetent to stand trial; it is all the symptoms of that dementia at this point in time that renders a person potentially incompetent to stand trial.”

To watch WOOD TV’s full report and interview with Markou click here.


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

About Levine & Levine

Levine & Levine is renowned in the legal community throughout Michigan and beyond, for offering compassionate, professional and thoughtful representation in addition to experienced and aggressive advocacy. Since 1987, the firm has provided highly effective representation to individuals and businesses. Levine & Levine specializes in criminal defense, family law, business law, appeals, and estate planning.

136 East Michigan Ave. 14th Floor  |  KalamazooMI 49007  |  Phone269-382-0444  |  Fax269-382-0464