By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
SOUTHGATE – Before an expected trial is scheduled in the murder of a woman and her 10-year-old son, a 33-year-old ex-convict will first be given a forensic psychiatric examination.
Antoine Terrail Beck was ordered by 28th District Court Judge James Kandrevas on June 12, to undergo evaluation of his ability to understand the charges and participate in his own defense. A competency hearing was scheduled for Aug. 14.
Beck had been living with Courtney Marie Durr, 28, and her 10-year-old son, Sumari Keon Das, in her La Collonade apartment in the 14500 block of North Line Road.
Southgate Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said a relative contacted police when the bodies of the woman and boy were found on June 7. Coombs said they were killed “in a violent manner,” likely a day or two before being discovered. Durr’s throat was slit and her hands tied; the child was strangled.
Beck also faces charges of stealing cash and the woman’s vehicle, in which he’d allegedly left the Southgate home. Beck was located in Dearborn within a day of the discovery, and was charged earlier this month on two counts of first degree murder.
While in custody, Beck reportedly confessed to the murders to Southgate police and officers from the Downriver Violent Crimes Task Force.
Beck had served 10 years in prison for unarmed robbery and is being charged as a habitual offender.
He remains in custody without bond.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])