Murder suspect Matthew Mark Fruge, 34, of Boyne City, was found to be competent to stand trial in a hearing held in the 90th District Court on Thursday, December 31.
At the brief hearing, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney asked Judge James N. Erhart to consider the report of the State of Michigan’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry. Defense attorney Bryan Klawuhn did not object to the report and neither side presented any witnesses.
Erhart stated that after reviewing the ten page report, he found Fruge competent to stand trial and scheduled the preliminary examination in the case for January 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Klawuhn indicated to the Court that there may not be a need for a preliminary examination but the decision would be made after review of the autopsy and toxicology reports in the case.
Fruge is charged with open murder related to the death of Jacob Conklin, 34, on October 1, 2015. Telgenhof stated, “The charge against Fruge is a mere allegation at this point and he is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”