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Teens charged in deadly I-75 rock throwing incident appear in court

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The five teenagers charged in the I-75 rock-throwing death were back in court Thursday. 

Kenneth White, 32, was killed just north of Flint on Oct. 18 while riding in a car that was hit by a rock thrown from a highway overpass. Police said five teens tossed a series of rocks from the overpass and then went to eat at a McDonald's.

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The five have been charged with second-degree murder, all accused of playing roles in throwing the deadly rock. Kyle Anger, 18, Alexzander Miller, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16, Mikadyn Payne, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, were arraigned and pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, all five appeared before a judge with their lawyers. The judge gave the lawyers until Jan. 11 to get their client an optional forensic exam to determine competency and criminal responsibility. 

The competency evaluation will assess the suspect's current mental state, whereas the assessment of criminal responsibility focuses on their state of mind at the time the alleged offense was committed.

"This is devastating to me. I'm lost," said Theresa Simpson, White's mother. "It's very hard to see them kids because they should've never done anything like that. It was uncalled for. They're old enough. They know what they were doing."

Thursday's probably cause conference gave the teens' defense attorneys the chance to request a forensic exam for their clients.

"To determine whether or not these young people can assist their lawyers. It's not insanity. It's not any type of mental illness. It's can they wrap their arms around the process, understand what they're charged with and assist their lawyers," said Frank Manley, Mark Sekelsky's attorney.

Manley scoffs at the notion his demand for a forensic exam is any attempt to boost a possible insanity defense.

"We're not admitting we did something and claiming mental illness. What we're doing is making sure that our clients are able to proceed," Manley said.

The judge granted the request for a forensic exam, but it is not clear if all of the defendants will take one.

As for Simpson, she said her family is just trying to get through each day dealing with a loss of their loved one that will haunt them forever.

"He was very thoughtful. He would make you laugh if you were sad. I wish he was here right now so he could make me laugh," Simpson said.

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