St. Mary

Feb 1, 2013 4:07 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Doctors to determine if man accused in Charenton shootings is competent

The attorney for the man accused of the shootings in Charenton has not called for a sanity commission to examine Wilbert Thibodeaux's sanity. At least, not yet.
16th Judicial District Public Defender Craig Colwart told KATC he won't file for doctors to examine Thibodeaux's sanity until all evidence is gathered. The sanity commission, made up of two doctors, will determine two things - whether Thibodeaux is competent to proceed and stand trial and whether he was insane at the time of the alleged shootings.

Thibodeaux is accused of shooting and killing Chitimacha Police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach and 79-year-old Eddie Lyons. He's also accused of shooting and injuring St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies Matthew Strickland and Jason Javier. Colwart said his office is "uncovering a lot" on Thibodeaux's mental state, and he wants that information to build a stronger case before the sanity commission examines him.

Thibodeaux is in a mental ward at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.


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