Beating suspect ordered to undergo psych evaluation
Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 02:23 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- A man accused of nearly beating his girlfriend to death is being sent for a psychological evaluation.
Arthur Payne's preliminary exam was canceled Wednesday, minutes before it was going to start.
He's charged with "Assault with intent to do great bodily harm" and "Aggravated domestic violence."
The 41-year-old was on the run for a week after a neighbor found Stephanie Janssen lying in a pool of blood in the couple's Oshtemo Township apartment in March.
Newschannel 3 was near the Janssen family when they learned Payne's preliminary exam was not going to happen.
While Stephanie Janssen says she's not ready to talk on camera, her sister says nothing will stop them from seeking justice.
"To do this to anyone is disgusting," said Amanda Janssen, victim's sister.
Friends and family stood with Stephanie Janssen, after learning they'll need to wait 60 days for the court to perform a psych evaluation on Arthur Payne.
The 41-year-old is accused of beating 34-year-old Janssen in front of her two children.
"It's disappointing. We're all a little frazzled," said Amanda Janssen.
A judge will then decide if Payne is competent to move forward. Her family says with so many chances, including three personal protection orders filed against him since 1998, it is time for him to face hard time.
"People shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets and shouldn't be given 2, 3, 4 - he should be locked up and not let out again," said Amanda Janssen.
The Janssen family set up a fund for donations at any Honor Credit Union, called the "Be Her Voice Fund"
Payne remains in jail on a 100-thousand dollar cash bond. The charges against him could send him to prison for 11 years.