After murder charges dismissed, Zanetti ordered held for mental health treatment – Battle Creek Enquirer Express News
Brian Zanetti, a suspect in last year’s shooting death of his cousin, was ordered Thursday to be held at a mental hospital for treatment.
Calhoun County Probate Judge Michael Jaconette found that Zanetti, 49, suffers from a mental illness and could be a danger.
Zanetti was charged with the May 5, 2017 shooting death of Frankie Zanetti, 63, who owned Battle Creek Tile and Mosaic at 1338 W. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek police said a man entered the showroom during business hours and shot Zanetti once in the head. He died at the scene.
Brian Zanetti was arrested a few hours later in Illinois and charged with the murder.
He was eventually ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine if he was competent to face the legal charges.
A psychologist determined that Zanetti understands the charges and the proceedings but suffers from delusions and cannot assist his attorney, a requirement for competency.
Zanetti was sent to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline for treatment but on Wednesday, after receiving a report, District Judge James Norlander said Zanetti remains incompetent to stand trial.
By law, after being held for treatment for 15 months, criminal charges must be dismissed and Prosecutor David Gilbert moved to have them dropped.
However, on Thursday morning Jaconette approved a petition from the prosecutor to continue treatment.
“He admits in the paperwork the court has had a chance to review, he admits that ‘I murdered my cousin’ and it goes on,” Jaconette said. “By that statement and the fact expressed in the report he has very clearly demonstrated he is and does present a substantial risk of intentional harm to others.
“And he very clearly admits that he is a person who requires treatment because he suffers from a mental illness and there is every indication in the reports that as a result of that mental illness he can reasonably be expected in the future to intentionally and seriously injure others,” Jaconette said.
Jaconette ruled there is not an alternative treatment other than hospitalization.
Zanetti was ordered, under the provisions of the law, to be confined for 60 days. Within two weeks of the end of that period the court will review the case and Zanetti can be ordered held for a series of confinements up to one year each with reviews every six months.
If he is determined to be successfully treated for his mental illness, the hospital will notify both the probate and criminal courts and murder charges can be re-filed.
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