Former U-M student involved in fatal crash pleads guilty by reason of insanity
A former University of Michigan student who caused a deadly crash on US-23 last March during what his attorney called a psychotic episode has pleaded guilty to criminal charges by reason of insanity.
Michael Kelly, 21, entered the plea to second-degree murder charges at a pretrial hearing earlier this month and was ordered committed to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry for a review that should be complete in May, records show. Kelly has been at the center for months and is improving with treatment, said Andrew Abood, his attorney.
Abood said Kelly is schizophrenic and suffered symptoms of his mental illness while driving his vehicle southbound on US-23 in Pittsfield Township on March 12, 2010. His vehicle crossed the median and went into the northbound lanes, where it struck two vehicles. Brandon Rapp, of Clay Township, died in the crash. The Eastern Michigan University graduate was 25.
Kelly, of East Lansing, was enrolled at the University of Michigan at the time of the crash.