Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters will grant a request to have William J. Liske, Jr., 24, undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Liske’s attorney, Adrian Cimerman, informed the court Wednesday he intended to file a motion requesting the evaluation. He entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of Liske, who’s been indicted on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery of three family members.
During Liske’s arraignment, Judge Winters set bond at $3 million and informed Cimerman he’d approve his motion for the evaluation.
Liske is charged with killing his father, William E. Liske, Jr. 53; his wife, (the younger Liske’s step-mother) Susan Liske, 46, and her son. Derek Griffin, 23, at their home along North State Route 2 in Benton Township.
Their bodies were found by family members on Oct. 31 and Liske was apprehended later that day in Carroll County.
Except for responding to questions from the judge about his employment and financial status, Liske sat silent during his arraignment and showed little emotion. Judge Winters declared him indigent and eligible for a court-appointed attorney.
Judge Winters read each count in the indictment, which includes six counts of aggravated murder.