CORRUNNA, MI – A woman facing felony charges in Shiawassee County after two decomposing dogs were found in a home she was renting out has been found competent to stand trial.
Jordan Lee Hoisington of Swartz Creek appeared before 66th District Court Judge Ward Clarskon Wednesday, July 20, for a competency hearing in which Clarkson would rule whether the defendant was competent to stand trial in her case.
Clarkson found Hoisington, who in April had been referred to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, competent to stand trial.
The judge scheduled the defendant for a probable cause conference on Wednesday, July 27, and set a preliminary examination for Aug. 2.
Hoisington’s attorney, Mitchell Manwell said it’s unlikely that he will seek another, independent evaluation of his client, noting he plans to proceed to the preliminary examination.
“We’re looking forward to her day in court,” he said.
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Hoisington was arraigned on March 1 on two felony counts of killing/torturing animals.
The Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office said Animal Control Deputy Kirt Stechschulte received a report in December 2021 that the dogs were found behind a padlocked door in a home that is being rented out by Hoisington.
The people who reported the situation to authorities said they were renting the home and broke the padlocked door down after a persistence foul odor became worse, officials said.
The two dogs were found in an advanced state of decomposition, officials said, and one looked to have been partially eaten by the other.
Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole told MLive-The Flint Journal that authorities believe the dogs were dead in the home prior to the renters moving there in September 2021.
“The details of this case are sickening and (the case is) one we were determined to solve,” BeGole said at the time. “Rest assured, the Sheriff’s Office will pursue it to the fullest… You can’t help but think of the agony these poor dogs went through.”
Hoisington remains free on bond after posting a $,7500 surety bail.
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