Mar 29, 2011 8:20 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Man accused of screwdriver killing ruled insane

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish judge has ruled that a 23-year-old man accused of killing a convenience store clerk by stabbing him in the neck with a screwdriver remains insane and
unable to stand trial on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges.
The American Press reports that Judge Michael Canady recently ordered James Lee Richard of Sulphur back to a state psychiatric hospital in Jackson.
Defense attorney King Alexander told the judge that doctors say Richard may not be sane enough for trial within the next six months. He's accused of killing 26-year-old Benjamin Mevis on Feb. 3, 2009. Lake Charles police said Richard was pulled over about 40 minutes later, driving Mevis' car.
Canady first ordered Richard sent to the state hospital in March 2009, on an emergency basis.


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