Kalamazoo man charged with murdering his girlfriend needs mental health treatment

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KALAMAZOO, MI – A man accused of killing his girlfriend will undergo mental health treatment to see if he can become fit to stand trial.

Anthony Ozomaro, 35, is charged with open-air murder and felony firearm in the March 8, 2019 murder of Nikkole Riojas, 35, as she lay in bed at her Charles Street home.

Ozomaro had a mental capacity hearing on July 22 before Kalamazoo County Circuit Chief Judge Gary Giguere Jr. Ozomaro was declared mentally incompetent but fixable with treatment.

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Ozomaro has been ordered to undergo closed psychiatric treatment to see if the treatment can make him mentally competent. He passed a mental capacity test by the State of Michigan and was found fit to stand trial in 2020.

The defendant declined to participate in the hearing, said Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Leeger. Leeger asked Ozomaro, while in his jail cell, if he wanted to participate in the hearing via video, iPad or be transported to court and Ozomaro said no to all of them. He also said he did not want to observe any proceedings, Leeger said.

Ozomaro said he was a sovereign citizen and did not recognize the authority of the courts or the police.

After an independent psychiatric evaluation on May 5 at the Kalamazoo County Jail, Dr. Julia Cunningham concluded that Ozomaro was not competent to continue but could be recovered, she told Friday’s hearing. in front of Giguere.

Ozomaro told Cunningham that he was being held in prison as a POW. When asked what war, he said she would not be able to understand, according to a report filed in court.

A judge’s role in a case is to “stabilize the phosphorus lineage and the DNA lineage to make it stable,” Ozomaro told Cunningham. He then added, “Sitting inside this cell, my body is being mined for minerals,” according to the report. Ozomaro also said that his body was extracted from melanin.

When asked what would happen if he was convicted, Ozomaro told Cunningham, “Conviction, what is a convict?”

When she asked him to explain himself, he replied, “It’s a compound. It is a compound word. Convict is defrauded, stolen from me of what is time,” he then said, “The sun, light travels differently in carbon,” the report said.

Riojas and Ozomaro had two children together. On the morning of March 8, 2019, their young daughter told Riojas’ friend that her mother wasn’t waking up. The friend went inside, found Riojas dead and called 911, according to earlier court testimony.

Ozomaro had previously been convicted, after a three-day trial in US District Court, of federal drug charges related to the crystal meth found when police searched the man’s home after finding Riojas died in March 2019. Ozomaro represented himself throughout the federal trial, according to court records.

A review date is scheduled for October 13 to see if a bed is available for Ozomaro for hospital treatment and, if so, where he is in his treatment.

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