Houghton County murder suspect competent for trial

HOUGHTON — The 30-year-old Houghton man charged with murdering an elderly woman last year is now competent to stand trial.

Timothy Cadeau is scheduled for a preliminary exam in Houghton County District Court January 16.  He has undergone a number of competency exams since his arrest in September 2013.

Court officials say even though Cadeau is competent to stand trial, he will continue to stay at a forensics center to receive treatment.  They do not know if he will physically appear in court next month, or if the proceedings will be done via teleconference.

Cadeau is charged with open murder in the death of 84-year-old Geraldine Fouts at her home in the Douglass House Apartments in Houghton.