The District Attorney’s Office has requested another psychiatric evaluation for a man accused of strangling a fellow patient at Atascadero State Hospital, which will help a judge decide if the defendant is mentally fit to stand trial.
Adam Cary, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his roommate, Kevin Allan Turner, 53, of Washington state, on May 28. Cary, who is 6-foot-8, allegedly strangled Turner as Turner slept in a dorm room.
After Cary was charged with the crime, his attorney, Jim Royer, expressed doubt that Cary was mentally competent to assist in his own defense and understand the charges against him. Psychiatric evaluations were then ordered to help the court determine if Cary is competent.
The results of the previous evaluations could not be obtained from either the District Attorney’s Office or Royer, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday. But the District Attorney’s Office formally requested another evaluation.
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Cary has been declared incompetent in the past.
After a 2003 arrest on rape charges, Cary spent seven years in and out of state psychiatric hospitals as experts attempted to restore him to competency. In 2011, after his competency was deemed restored, he pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rape.
He was released in 2011 but returned to prison the next year for throwing a hammer at his brother while vandalizing his mother’s car in San Bernardino County.
He arrived at Atascadero State Hospital on March 5, 2014, for delusional behavior he presented while in prison.
Cary’s next psychiatric evaluation will be due in court July 30.
While Cary’s incompetency hearing is continued, another defendant, Annette Hale, was declared incompetent Wednesday.
Hale, 55, is charged with kidnapping a 4-year-old boy in Atascadero three years ago. Hale, who has been declared incompetent twice previously, was declared incompetent again Thursday and ordered to Patton State Hospital.
A progress report on Hale’s competency treatment will be held Aug. 29.