Man accused of killing Lansing firefighter sent to trial

   LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A man accused of intentionally striking a Lansing firefighter with his pickup truck has been ordered to trial on a murder charge and other crimes.

   A judge heard testimony from witnesses Thursday after attorneys signed off on an expert's report that found Grant Taylor is competent. He has a history of mental illness.

   Firefighter Dennis Rodeman was struck and killed in September while in a street collecting donations for charity. 

   A witness, Jeff Town, says Rodeman and Taylor spoke before Taylor became "very agitated" and drove away. Police say he returned and hit Rodeman with his pickup.

  Another firefighter, Bruce Wheeler, said he jumped out of the way after making eye contact with Taylor before Rodeman was hit.

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