A judge has denied a defense attorney request for a mental exam for the 22-year old man accused of killing his father.
Judge William Bolle made the ruling in the case of Patrick Mikes Jr. who is charged with killing his 55-year old father in their Troy home and then reporting him missing.
Investigators say Patrick Mikes Sr. was killed by multiple blows to the head, his body was later found in a cornfield in Montrose Township in Genesee County.
The attorney for Mikes asked for a mental exam citing as an example that his client is currently being medicated at the jail. Mikes' attorney said it would helpful for the defense to have a doctor find out what medication he is taking and see what side-effects the medication may be causing. That information would then help determine what role Mikes would be able to play in his defense.
The prosecution argued that Mikes should be evaluated only by the forensic center because it is unbiased and would do a fair evaluation. The judge agreed and denied the defense attorney's request.
Patrick Mikes Jr. has plead not guilty and remains jailed on an open count of murder. . A preliminary examination is Sept. 24.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.