Competent: Court: Accused sister slayer can stand trial

Daily Mining Gazette File Photo Christian Kitti is seen here at a July 26, 2016, vindeoconference arraignment on a murder charge for the slaying of his sister in Laurium earlier that month. He was found mentally competent to stand trial this week after being found not competent in September 2016 and ordered to undergo treatment.

HOUGHTON — A Grand Rapids man accused of killing his sister in Laurium in July 2016 has been found competent to stand trial.

Christian Kitti, 33, was found not competent last September after an examination at the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry. He was ordered to undergo further treatment toward reaching competency.

Kitti is accused of shooting his sister, Kim Bess, 44, in Laurium after she had come over to mow his lawn. At the time, Kitti was on a Kent County Probate Court order of mental incompetency and mental infirmity, his attorney said last September.

The gun believed to be used in the incident was registered to Kitti, and was in his possession after the incident, Prosecutor Michael Makinen said at his arraignment last year. Witnesses also placd him leaving the scene shortly after.

If convicted of the murder charge, Kitti could be sentenced to life in prison.

Kitti will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in 97th District Court.

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