FARMINGTON -- After receiving the results of a third competency evaluation, which labeled him fit for trial, a Centerville man pleaded not guilty to trying to kill his neighbor.
Michael L. Selleneit, 54, appeared Thursday in 2nd District Court and entered not guilty pleas to counts of first-degree felony attempted murder and second-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Judge Thomas L. Kay ordered the third competency evaluation after conflicting results from two previously conducted evaluations.
One, performed by an evaluator chosen by Selleneit's attorney, Julie George, showed Selleneit was not fit for trial. Another test, done by the prosecutor's choice of evaluators, showed Selleneit was competent.
George was upset that the third evaluator did not take certain information into account while performing the evaluation.
"I had asked that the state hospital notify me of who was doing the evaluation," she said. "The evaluator assigned never contacted me or attempted to get our information."
George suggested that her client enter his plea Thursday and then try to meet with the prosecutors to discuss her information.
Kay set a pretrial hearing for April 5.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Selleneit told officers he shot Tony R. Pierce, 41, who lived next door, on Oct. 30 because Pierce had been "telepathically" threatening to kill him.
"Pierce has telepathically raped his wife on many occasions," the court document shows Selleneit as telling police.
Selleneit's wife, Meloney, 54, is accused of telling her husband to shoot Pierce. She is charged with one count of first-degree felony criminal solicitation and a second-degree felony charge of purchase, transfer or possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Her next appearance in court will be March 29.