By Mike Kruzman /

An upcoming hearing will determine if a Brighton Township man accused of poisoning and arson is competent enough to stand trial.

35-year old Bradley James Crainer was arrested on September 8th after police say he placed a potentially poisonous substance into a family member’s food and then took steps to burn down his residence. An investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office determined that Crainer opened a natural gas line inside his vacant home in a failed attempt to destroy it.

The investigation further revealed that he placed what was called an “injurious substance” into a family member’s meal that caused that person to become temporarily ill. Crainer remains jailed on a $500,000 bond since his arrest.

At a recent probable cause conference, Judge Daniel Bain scheduled a competency review hearing for March 2nd, in which he will determine if Crainer is competent to go to trial. A pre-trial hearing is also scheduled that day.

Crainer had worked for the South Lyon Community Schools district as an occupational therapist but was terminated by their Board of Education at a special meeting in October for not disclosing the charges brought against him.