Prosecutor: Accused BC killer unfit; charges dropped

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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A mug shot of Brian Zanetti. (File)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Murder charges have been dismissed against an Illinois man who is accused of killing a Battle Creek businessman. 

Brian Zanetti was charged with open murder in the May 5 shooting death of 63-year-old Frank Zanetti. In September 2017, a judge ruled Brian Zanetti incompetent to stand trial

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said the charge was dismissed, for now, due to state law. The law states if a suspect is still not found competent after 15 months, the case goes to the probate court and can’t be prosecuted. 

Gilbert said Zanetti will remain in a lockdown facility until he is determined to be fit for trial. 

Police said a masked suspect walked into Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic Co. Inc. the morning of May 5, asked for Frank Zanetti by name and then shot him once in the head at point-blank range. The victim died at the scene. 

Brian Zanetti was arrested in Illinois a day later. 

Authorities said Brian Zanetti made incriminating statements during several hours of police questioning about his relative’s shooting.

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