Man who shot Detroit officer won't leave cell for court

For two days in a row, Marquise Cromer has refused to appear in a courtroom, leaving the judge and his lawyer looking at a concrete wall.

Cromer is in police custody, accused of shooting three people all in the same night last week in Detroit including his father Sterling Cromer and Detroit police Sgt. Kenneth Steil.

Steil was expected to make a full recovery, but suddenly died in the hospital this past weekend from complications.

Cromer's uncle, Ben Hand said Marquise needs help. "The boy need help, number one. However, he did hurt a family out there, two or three families I heard."

Family members sat in the courtroom waiting Wednesday for a Probable Cause Conference hearing that never would happen. Family tell us Cromer suffers from mental health issues, and had been physically abused by his step father as a child.

An unidentified family member said, "he (Marquise) been through a lot. That's why he is how he is. People would have to know him to actually know."

Cromer's father says many attempts have been made to get his son help, saying the suspect refused treatment and medication.

Also in court, Wednesday was the suspect's brother, Paris Cromer. Paris says that he has attempted to see his brother but has been told he could not and expressed his concern to the judge. "I tried to see him three times and I couldn't see him."

The judge told Cromer's brother that she had heard that Marquise had been acting wildly in his cell, reportedly throwing urine at police. 

Cromer's lawyer says this is the first he heard of client throwing urine at people while in custody, and backs up the claim of not being able to see his client.

cromer's father says many attempts have been made to get his son help, saying the suspect refused treatment and medication.

The judge adjourned the matter on Wednesday in order to see if the suspect is competent, and has a full understanding of the charges he's now facing.

Cromer is scheduled to be back in court on December 15, and we will learn at that time of he is competent to move forward in the case. The judge did not set bond during Wednesday's hearing. 


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