Competency evaluation for man charged in Detroit slayings

A 34-year-old man will be evaluated to determine if he’s competent to stand trial in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer

DETROIT -- A 34-year-old man will be evaluated to determine if he’s competent to stand trial in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer.

Prosecutors say the evaluation referral for Deangelo Martin was made Wednesday during a probable cause conference in 36th District Court. Martin is due back in court on Dec. 6.

Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the women whose bodies were found in abandoned houses in the city as far back as February 2018.