The defense later filed a motion questioning Brown’s competency to stand trial. After reviewing the result of a forensic psychological evaluation, the judge ruled Brown incompetent in January.
Brown was ordered to receive receive treatment to possibility restore him to competency for trial. At a re-evaluation hearing last week, Haughey reviewed an update on Brown and ruled he is now competent for trial.
Brown’s defense also filed a not guilty by reason of insanity plea and a second psychological evaluation was ordered by the judge. He is scheduled to be back in court in August for a hearing on the result of that evaluation.
An insanity plea means the defendant is claiming at the time of the alleged offense that they did not know, as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, the wrongfulness of their actions. A question of competency alleges the defendant does not understand the charges and cannot assist in their own defense.
On Sept. 29, a person called 911 telling the dispatcher, “Some guy might need some help. I just had to beat the crap out of some guy. Because I just had to.”
Dispatchers called back several times when the caller hung up after saying he didn’t know his location in Hamilton.
With the help of a cellular service provider and another call from the man, the residence was located. Brown was then taken into custody.