Suspect files insanity defense


Houghton Daily

Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON–The Houghton man accused of killing a L’Anse man in Houghton earlier this month is entering an insanity defense.

The attorney for Luke Kreider, 19, filed motions for forensic evaluations of competency and criminal responsibility.

“He’s aware of the motion, and he’s not opposing it,” said Kreider’s attorney, Anthony Ruiz, who appeared via Zoom at a hearing in 97th District Court Monday.

Kreider also agreed to waiving the right to a preliminary hearing within 21 days of arraignment, Ruiz said.

He allegedly attacked Caleb Lynum, 24, of L’Anse early on the morning of Sept. 1 at the Arbor Green apartments in Houghton.

Kreider had originally been charged with assault/intent to murder. The charge was amended to homicide-open murder when Lynum died after having been placed on life support.

The open murder charge could eventually result in a conviction for either first- or second-degree murder.

Judge Nicholas Daavettila entered orders for both evaluations Monday. The court will review the matter in another 30 to 45 days.


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