Silent suspect examined
WARREN – A 55-year-old Warren man who hasn’t said a word to anyone since his arrest in November, was sent to a forensic hospital on Friday to find out if he is simply choosing not to speak or if a type of medication, or lack of it, is leaving him speechless.
Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos ordered Charles E. Anderson of Commerce Avenue N.W. be sent to Heartland Behavorial Healthcare in Massillon for a 20-day in-patient stay to determine his competency.
Kontos based his order on a recommendation from a forensic psychologist Dr. Thomas Gazley, who twice tried to interview Anderson at the Trumbull County Jail.
”The only indication I got from him at first was when he shrugged his shoulders and held his hands out in front of him,” Gazley said from the witness stand last week.
After the first attempt at an interview in March, Gazley said he gave it a second try about a week later and Anderson nodded his head in the affirmative when he was asked if he could hear the questions.
Gazley told Kontos he was unable to make any determination on Anderson’s competency after the two futile attempts to test him.
Friday in Kontos’ courtroom, a shackled Anderson sat with his attorney Alan Matavich, staring at the floor and rarely looking up at the brief court proceeding.
Anderson is being held on a charge of burglary after he was arrested inside the Tod Avenue N.W. of his estranged wife, who told police he attacked her.
Assitant county prosecutor, Gabe Wildman said corrections officers also have tried in vain to catch Anderson talking to other inmates.