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Murder charges dismissed after man accused of killing Frank Zanetti found incompetent

Brian Zanetti is accused of killing Battle Creek businessman Frank Zanetti. He was in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing, which was postponed after a judge ruled he was incompetent to stand trial. (BRITTANY GRAY/WWMT)

Murder charges are being dismissed against Brian Zanetti in connection to the shooting death of Frank Zanetti.

A judge ruled the 49-year-old incompetent to stand trial, but charges can be refiled if he is found competent.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said Brian won’t be released, but will remain in psychiatric custody.

The decision to drop the charges was made after it was determined that Brian will not be likely to be treated anytime soon. A psychiatrist ruled in March that Brian understood the charges against him, but suffered from delusions.

In September, Brian was found not competent to stand trial, but the charges remained.

The body of Frank Zanetti, 63, was found at Battle Creek Tile and Mosiac, which he owned. Police said he was shot in the head at close range about 10:30 a.m., May 5, 2017.

Police arrested Brian near Chicago on May 6, 2017, and he was extradited to Calhoun County.

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