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By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | December 19, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After defense assertions that terrorism suspect Jose Padilla is suffering from severe mental health problems, a federal judge in Miami agreed yesterday to order a psychiatric evaluation of the accused al-Qaida agent. The examination will be conducted in coming weeks by the Bureau of Prisons and marks the first step for U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in deciding whether Padilla, 36, is legally competent to stand trial, said two people involved in the case. Under federal law, criminal suspects must understand the nature and consequences of the case against them and be able to assist in their defense to proceed to trial.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The Howard County trial for a 16-year-old accused of planning her father's murder has been postponed until February. Defense attorneys for Morgan Lane Arnold asked for the delay so the teen can undergo further psychiatric evaluation. Arnold is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill her father, 58-year-old Dennis Lane, in May 2013. Wednesday, Circuit Judge Timothy McCrone granted the defense's request so Arnold can be evaluated to determine whether she is competent to stand trial, according to a spokesman for the state's attorney's office.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
A Riviera Beach man accused of killing his father and shooting at a police officer told a district judge yesterday he didn't do it.Via closed-circuit television, 44-year-old Steven Francis Fortmann appeared before Judge James W. Dryden for a bail review hearing with his arm in a sling and bandages on the right side of his face.He twice denied shooting and killing his father, Francis Joseph Fortmann, 72, while the older man sat in the living room watching television Monday."Judge, I didn't do nothing," he said.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Prosecutors face a ticking clock as they continue to build a case against the Crofton man who they believe threatened to commit a workplace shooting while calling himself "a joker. " Authorities said Monday that they plan to file charges against Neil Edwin Prescott, 28, before he leaves the custody of mental health officials, though they did not specify what the charges might be. Prescott has been in custody since a police raid Friday found a cache of more than two dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in Prescott's apartment.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 29, 2000
CHESTERTOWN -- Defense lawyers for a Laurel man accused of killing his two children last fall contended yesterday that Talbot County officials deliberately stalled a psychiatric evaluation that could have provided crucial evidence. During an unusual pretrial hearing in Kent County Circuit Court, a three-member legal team for Richard Wayne Spicknall II called a District Court judge, a detention center warden and a member of the team's Baltimore law firm to testify. Despite repeated attempts during the week after Spicknall's arrest, defense lawyers say, a private neuropsychiatrist was not allowed to examine their 27-year-old client.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2011
A District Court judge in Rockville ordered a man held without bail Friday after police charged him with carjacking a woman and her 20-month-old son from a Baltimore gas station and leading state police on a high-speed chase that ended on the Capital Beltway. The 22-year-old suspect, Terron Alvin White of West Baltimore, appeared on a video monitor in Montgomery County District Court. He is being held in a detention center, charged with 27 criminal counts that include kidnapping, assault and 18 traffic infractions.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- A former National Security Agency clerk accused of spying for the Soviets was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation yesterday after he charged that "undercover agents" were planting drugs in his prison cell and said his pain medication was producing memory loss and confusion.During a bail-review hearing, Robert S. Lipka, 50, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of espionage, testified that he once saw an NSA file on Richard M. Nixon that suggested he spied for the Russians.
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By Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Sullivan,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 5, 1999
A District Court judge ruled yesterday that a man charged with shooting a lawyer on a downtown Baltimore street Tuesday should be held in jail without bail until a psychiatric evaluation can be conducted.Richard Kenneth Geier, 23, is accused of chasing Jeffrey Martin Yeatman, 29, a product liability lawyer for Piper & Marbury, and firing a bullet that struck him in the shoulder. Yeatman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in fair condition yesterday.Geier -- charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment -- sat stiffly in a room at the Central Booking and Intake Center as his image was broadcast by video camera to Judge Ben C. Clyburn's courtroom in Eastside District Court.
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By Jay Apperson and Amy Oakes and Jay Apperson and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1999
A 44-year-old Frederick County man was charged with murder yesterday after telling police he had strangled his wife in their home three weeks ago and abandoned her body in a car at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, according to police and court documents. Donald Wayne Holt, a senior editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was arrested yesterday morning after directing investigators to the body of his wife, Nancy Adams Holt, 43, who had been missing since Jan. 18, state police said.
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April 15, 1994
An Arnold man was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday after barricading himself his home and threatening to commit suicide, county police said.John Echaues, 30, of the 1200 block of Seminole Drive, called police at 11:34 a.m. and told dispatchers he had a gun and wanted to kill himself, said Officer Randy Bell, a police spokesman.Officers went to the community off College Parkway, evacuated some nearby residents and started negotiating with Mr. Echaues.
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By Dan Morse, The Washington Post | July 22, 2011
The Baltimore man accused of carjacking a woman who escaped by jumping onto the Capital Beltway with her baby was ordered Friday to undergo additional psychiatric evaluations. Terron A. White, 22, appeared in Montgomery County District Court via a video feed from the county jail. He initially indicated to Judge Eugene Wolfe that he didn't want to go to a hospital to see more doctors. "I'm good, for real," White said. "You don't want to go?" Wolfe asked. "Well, yeah.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2011
A District Court judge in Rockville ordered a man held without bail Friday after police charged him with carjacking a woman and her 20-month-old son from a Baltimore gas station and leading state police on a high-speed chase that ended on the Capital Beltway. The 22-year-old suspect, Terron Alvin White of West Baltimore, appeared on a video monitor in Montgomery County District Court. He is being held in a detention center, charged with 27 criminal counts that include kidnapping, assault and 18 traffic infractions.
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By Melissa Harris | May 31, 2008
City prosecutors announced yesterday that they will seek at a minimum a life sentence without the possibility of a parole for the Montgomery County man charged with drowning his three children in the bathtub of an Inner Harbor hotel during a custody battle with his estranged wife. Mark Castillo, 41, has pleaded not criminally responsible to the three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anthony, 6; Austin, 4; and Athena, 2. Not criminally responsible is the equivalent of an insanity plea in other states.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Sun reporter | April 2, 2008
Whatever drove a 41-year-old Rockville man to apparently kill his three young children in an Inner Harbor hotel last weekend may never be fully understood. But the explanation police say Mark Castillo offered them - that he wanted to punish his exwife - is typical in cases of men killing their children, experts say. "Most of the time, when men kill children, it's to get back at the women, sort of out of vengeance," said Dr. Neil Blumberg, a longtime forensic psychiatrist in Baltimore who has testified for the defense and prosecution.
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May 30, 2007
HAGERSTOWN -- A judge has allowed the state to seek the death penalty for a state prison inmate charged with murdering a correctional officer. Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ruled that the de facto moratorium on executions established by a Maryland Court of Appeals decision in December doesn't preclude prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty. Attorneys for Brandon T. Morris, 21, had argued during a hearing Friday in Ellicott City that unless the state's notice of intent to seek the death penalty were stricken, Morris would be denied due process because he would be tried without knowing what punishment he may face.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN REPORTER | May 30, 2007
The reputed California Bloods leader was supposed to be sentenced for a murder conviction in Baltimore yesterday. But last week, Shaidon "Don Papa" Blake was yanked out of the city's detention center by U.S. marshals who were under orders to bring him to a federal court in Las Vegas, where he faces a gun charge. The move surprised prosecutors, Blake's court-appointed lawyer, Blake's family and even the medical officer who was supposed to perform a psychiatric evaluation on the defendant.
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July 19, 1995
A 24-year-old Silver Spring man with a history of mental illness got out of his car yesterday afternoon in the middle of traffic and removed his clothes along the side of a road in West Columbia, Howard County police said.The spectacle slowed traffic near Hickory Ridge Road and Cedar Lane in Harper's Choice Village as drivers gawked at the nude man as he threw items from his car.Sgt. Steve Keller, a Howard County police spokesman, said officers calmed the man and took him to Howard County General Hospital.
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By Melissa Harris | May 31, 2008
City prosecutors announced yesterday that they will seek at a minimum a life sentence without the possibility of a parole for the Montgomery County man charged with drowning his three children in the bathtub of an Inner Harbor hotel during a custody battle with his estranged wife. Mark Castillo, 41, has pleaded not criminally responsible to the three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anthony, 6; Austin, 4; and Athena, 2. Not criminally responsible is the equivalent of an insanity plea in other states.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | March 8, 2007
A high-profile criminal defense attorney who represented a convicted killer at a capital sentencing hearing in 2004 testified yesterday that he did not object to the potentially damaging testimony of a psychiatrist, likening the doctor's assessment of his client to "throwing water on the wet man." Defense lawyer Warren A. Brown took the stand yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court at a motions hearing for his former client, Jamaal K. Abeokuto, whose death sentence was overturned on appeal and who is scheduled for a second capital sentencing hearing next month.
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By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | December 19, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After defense assertions that terrorism suspect Jose Padilla is suffering from severe mental health problems, a federal judge in Miami agreed yesterday to order a psychiatric evaluation of the accused al-Qaida agent. The examination will be conducted in coming weeks by the Bureau of Prisons and marks the first step for U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in deciding whether Padilla, 36, is legally competent to stand trial, said two people involved in the case. Under federal law, criminal suspects must understand the nature and consequences of the case against them and be able to assist in their defense to proceed to trial.
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