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Competency Hearing for Second Defendant in Murder Case Slated


(Allegan, MI - WHTC News) - One defendant in the murder of Brandon Silverlight is competent to stand trial – will the other follow suit?

That’s the question that may be answered in Allegan District Court today, when Judge Joseph Skocelas reviews reports from state examiners as to whether Justin Terpstra is able to defend himself. The 25-year-old man is currently in state prison on an unrelated charge, but prosecutors claim that he and 23-year-old Alison Martin connived to kill the 25-year-old South Haven man last November. Silverlight’s charred body was found near a burned-out vehicle at a remote field in Casco Township, just north of the Van Buren County line.

Investigators believe that the murder was an act of reprisal, for the victim had reportedly been a past boyfriend of Martin’s. She was cleared by state competency examiners last Wednesday and remains held in the Allegan County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing slated for May 17th.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News