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Slain Wayland Woman Laid to Rest; Alleged Killer to Undergo Exam


WAYLAND, MI (WHTC) - As family and friends mourn the death of a 21-year-old Wayland woman, whether her 15-year-old accused murderer is competent to stand trial will be determined by a forensic specialist.

Joshua Keyzer is being charged as an adult after allegedly slashing the throat of his cousin Kassandra and wounding his 67-year-old grandmother Sharon at the older woman's home off of 10th Street in Bradley last Wednesday. Detectives say that there had been no indication of any family issues beforehand, and that Joshua Keyzer had admitted his guilt to arresting state troopers. Yesterday, the teen was ordered to undergo a state examination, and a scheduled July 16th preliminary hearing has been postponed as a result. He could get life in prison without parole if convicted.

After visitation yesterday in Wayland Union High School, where she had graduated from three years ago, Kassandra Keyzer's life will be celebrated this morning in a service at the Calvary Church of Wayland, with burial in South Martin Cemetery. Sharon Keyzer is expected to recover from the attack after treatment at Spectrum-Butterworth Hospital.