Suspected Detroit Serial Killer To Get Competency Exam

Deangelo Martin
Photo credit Deangelo Martin (Booking photo)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - A suspected Detroit serial killer from will undergo testing to determine whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.  

Deangelo Kenneth Martin, 34, has been charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of four women whose bodies were found in vacant home on the city's east side. 

At a probable cause conference in 36th District Court Wednesday, a judge referred Martin forensic testing, designed to determine competency to understand criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial. 

The victims are 57-year-old Anetta Nelson, found February 26, 2018, in the 11620 block of Winthrop; 52-year-old Nancy Harrison, found March 19, 2019, in the 20070 block of Coventry; 55-year-old Travesene Ellis, found on March 24, 2019, in the 13700 block of Linnhurst; and 55-year-old Tamara Jones, in the 3690 block of Mack Avenue.

Each of the women was found positioned face down with a used condom nearby. While two of the bodies were so decomposed that a cause of death could not be determined, autopsies found the other two died from blunt force trauma. 

In addition to the murder, Martin was previously ordered to stand trial in the stabbing and sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman in May, and in the kidnapping and assault of a 51-year-old woman in June. Both of those women survived. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in addition to the four cases listed above, investigators are also looking at two additional cases that might be tied to Martin.

Martin remains held without bond as he awaits his next court appearance, scheduled for Dec. 6.