Mecosta Co. Judge Determines Willis Competent to Stand Trial for Standoff

A man accused of killing one person and holding several others hostage has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Police say Duncan Willis II held six people hostage and killed a seventh during a standoff with police.

It happened on November 21 in Rogers Heights, south of Big Rapids.

Willis surrendered after nearly 10 hours. But police say he first killed Kathleen Hawley and raped three other women.

Willis is charged with 10 counts including murder, 6 counts of sex crimes, kidnapping, having a dangerous weapon, and being a habitual offender.

In Big Rapids Wednesday a judge determined Willis is ready to stand trial.

He is scheduled to be in court June 3 for a pre trial hearing.