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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/23/13
CULPABILITY QUESTIONS. Above, Ronald Dimambro Jr. of Washington Township and his attorney, Randy Rodnick, address competency and culpability issues at the 42-1 District Court on Oct. 21. Dimambro is charged with homicide felony murder and first-degree child abuse related to the death of 2-year-old Damian Sutton.
(Observer photo by Chris Gray)
Court reports Dimambro
competent for trial
by CHRIS GRAYRonald Dimambro Jr. has been deemed competent, but has yet to be considered culpable for the death of a 2-year-old child.
Observer Staff Writer
Dimambro, 22, of Washington Township was reported as being competent to stand trial during an appearance at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on Oct. 21. His next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Dimambro is accused of abusing and killing Damian Sutton, the 2-year-old son of his girlfriend, on Aug. 21. Sutton was removed from life support on Aug. 27.
The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office has brought homicide felony murder and first-degree child abuse charges against Dimambro. The murder charge is punishable by life in prison without parole, while the child abuse charge is up to 15 years in prison.
Dimambro has entered a not-guilty plea regarding the charges. Randy Rodnick, Dimambro's attorney, has requested criminal responsibility and competency examinations due to medical and mental health issues.
Judge Denis LeDuc said forensics reports showed Dimambro to be competent. Rodnick pointed out there were no results regarding responsibility, which is the reason he is pursuing the exams.
"I knew he would be competent to stand trial, it's whether he is culpable," he said following the preliminary exam.
Medical personnel responding to the 911 call told the county sheriff's office that Sutton had symptoms similar to shaken baby syndrome.
The county prosecutor's office is stating that an autopsy report from the county medical examiner stated the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head. Rodnick said he would like to have the report to verify the claim.
"Just because the prosecutor says there is blunt head trauma . . . doesn't make it so," he said.
Therese Tobin, chief trial attorney for the prosecutor's office, served in place of County Prosecutor Eric Smith at the exam. She said the medical examiner indicated the autopsy report was nearly complete and should be ready by Nov. 1.
County Prosecutor Eric Smith could not be reached for comment as of Observer print deadline.
Dimambro is being held without bond at Macomb County Jail.