Judge: Man accused in store poisoning incompetent for trial

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 9:57 AM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge says a Michigan man accused of poisoning unpackaged food at grocery stores earlier this year isn't competent to stand trial.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/2aAPr1i ) Washtenaw County District Court Judge Cedric Simpson made the ruling Thursday in the case of 29-year-old Kyle Bessemer after a doctor's evaluation.

Steve Hiller, Washtenaw County chief assistant prosecutor, says Bessemer will stay at the state's Center for Forensic Psychiatry until a Sept. 22 review hearing. He faces food poisoning charges.

Bessemer's lawyer had requested the mental evaluation.

The FBI says Bessemer admitted spraying a mixture of hand sanitizer, mouse poison and water on produce and food bars at three local supermarkets: Whole Foods, Meijer and Plum Market. Investigators have said Bessemer indicated he thought someone was trying to poison him.