Friday, April 8, 2016

What happens to people found Incompetent to Stand Trial? Sometimes they escape.

They were being held at a forensic psychiatric facility because they had been arrested on serious charges and found incompetent to stand trial (unable to assist their attorney and/or unable to understand proceedings against them; Dusky v. U.S., 1960). They would have been held there until "restored to competency" (usually with antipsychotic medication) and until they had been held for no longer than the maximum sentences they faced (Jackson v. Indiana, 1972). Don't think that Washington's Western State Hospital is any easier to escape from that a regular jail. Jail breaks happen.

ABC News

"Washington state police said two mentally ill patients have escaped from Western State Hospital.
Anthony Garver and Mark Alexander Adams were last seen at around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's dining hall, according to Lakewood police. Hospital staff learned they were missing at 7:30 p.m. and notified police.
Police said both men were at the hospital on a 180-day court commit out of Snohomish County to treat mental illness and both arrived at the hospital in February 2015. Authorities believe the men escaped through a loose window in their room. Hospital staff say they are considered "dangerous to others."
Garver, 28, was arrested in 2013 for first-degree murder but was found not competent to stand trial. He is 5-foot-8 and weighs 250 pounds with brown, curly hair and a beard.
Police say Garver was accused of gagging a woman with a ball of cloth and stabbing her 24 times in the chest before slashing her throat.
Adams, 59, was sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a domestic violence arrest from 2014 where he was also found not competent to stand trial. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 210 pounds with long blond hair, according to authorities. Police say Adams might try to flee to California."

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