Psychiatrist says Matthews capable of assisting in own defense
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
delays, it was back to court for the man accused of killing two people at his
former job nearly four years ago.
55, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in a shooting at the
Grady Crawford Construction Company in December 2009.
psychiatrists testified Thursday morning they believe Matthews is capable of
assisting in his own defense, but they added he may choose not to do so.
Matthews has been on voluntary lockdown for the past two-and-a-half
years," said Dr. Michael Blue, the psychiatrist who examined Matthews. "He
says he does not want to mingle with the rest of the prison population. That
kind of behavior is not that unusual given his circumstances. My feeling is he
just wants the system to sentence him and get it over."
attorney Kyla Romanach argued if Matthews was not fully cooperative, then how
could a complete evaluation be done on him.
known for making statements whenever cameras are near him, but he mouthed off
at family members of the victims during his latest court appearance.
didn't get a Christmas card," he said as he left the courtroom.
Judge Tony Marabella
said he will rule on Matthews' ability to assist in his own defense in about 30
Marabella ordered three psychiatrists to evaluate Matthews. The prosecution
requested the evaluation. Defense attorneys objected but to no avail.
hearing for the findings was initially set for April, but it was delayed for
some unknown reason. It was rescheduled for July, but was delayed again because
the psychiatrist did not show up for court.
Tullier, 44, of Walker and Cheryl Boykin, 55, of Denham Springs were shot to
death in the attack. A third woman was also shot, but survived.
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