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Posted on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 11:10 a.m.

Man accused of breaking into Pittsfield Township homes to get competency hearing

By Kyle Feldscher

A competency hearing has been scheduled for a man accused of breaking into homes while their owners slept, according to court records.


Patrick Wiggy Taylor

Patrick Wiggy Taylor, 20, will return to court at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28 to see if he is competent to stand trial. Taylor was in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Taylor’s appearance in court on Tuesday was for one count of first-degree home invasion for a Pittsfield Township case. Taylor skipped out on a preliminary exam in the case that was scheduled for August, and police believe he committed several more home invasions after his release from jail.

According to police, Taylor was a suspect in multiple home invasions in the area of Ellsworth and Golfside roads in August. A “Wanted” flier was distributed with his name and photo early in September.

No charges have been filed against Taylor in those break-ins to this point.

Taylor is currently free on bond, according to court records.

It’s likely that Taylor will be declared competent to stand trial due to the fact that he’s already facing trial on two counts of home invasion and one count of possession of marijuana stemming from an Ypsilanti Township case.

In that case, Taylor is facing a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:14 a.m.

Naming a child Patrick Wiggy suggests his parents had something to do with this young man's "chosen career." Maybe our judges could develop a little more focus. You know: Day 1: arrest, Day 2: pre trial hearing, Day 3: trial. Tax payers' money - that's the issue. Judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys all are padding their time sheets (more than) a bit. Target jobless people for jury duty: they'll appreciate the income. Has any one of these legal eagles ever heard of the right to a speedy trial??

Martin Friedburg

Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 1:41 p.m.

How heavy was it? Did he have an accomplice to help him carry it out of the house?


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 2:06 a.m.

Melinda Morris. Nothing further needs to be said. Vote, people.

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

So, while he was lose he committed additional break-ins and now he is lose again? Seems the wrong party is getting a competency hearing.


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Kyle, Your lack of seeing the possibility of poorly constructed sentences is amazing. It sounds as if he broke into houses in order to get a competency hearing, as you stated it. You should really edit your sentences and headlines for possibly ambiguous phrases, e.g. "Suspect Says Dead Man Was Chasing him with razor" (from another paper) is an example. This affected one of your other articles. It's not that I'm being a grammar showoff. It's just something writers need to work on.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

I disagree Joe. We should expect at least minimum competency when one is performing in a professional position. If my accountant couldn't add you wouldn't suggest lightening up on him. A reporter should, at the very least, have a minimal competence in the basic rules of grammar and usage. If he doesn't have these minimum qualifications, then maybe he's in the wrong profession, just as the accountant who can't add. I don't recall when people became so willing to accept mediocrity from professional writers but we are raising entire generations who can't communicate basic ideas because they are exposed to garbage every day. We have laws passed and people argue over what they mean because the writer didn't have minimal writing ability.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 10:12 a.m.

I see your point, but your not in class, and he is not your student. Why would you point out his mistakes? The only real reason I can see is to humiliate him, and this usually means that this is what your used too, and probably from growing up from judgmental parents, and this is a behavior I can help you with. It's called tending to your own flock, you don't have to make the rest of the world sick. He just may have a problem, but it's not your problem. The man has a job, so let him work it. Beside, don't you think it's bad enough for him to write in a town filled with English teachers???...


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 9:18 p.m.

I've seen colons and quotation marks in headlines on, so I don't see why there would be an aversion to commas. One after "Man" and one after "homes" would solve the ambiguity of the construction.


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

Does an editor even read these headlines? Is 7th grade english in a reporter's job description anymore?


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

SteveK, my thoughts exactly!


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 11:22 p.m. is too busy moderating and deleting comments to bother with details such as grammar.