Man accused of stabbing still deemed incompetent

Jan 28 2011 - 12:10am

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Thomas Gunn
Thomas Gunn

FARMINGTON -- After spending nearly 18 months at Utah State Hospital, officials there say, Thomas Lorin Gunn is still not competent to stand trial.

Gunn, who is charged with first- degree felony disarming a police officer and second-degree felony attempted murder, was not transported from the hospital to 2nd District Court in Farmington on Thursday for his scheduled felony arraignment hearing.

"They still have him as incompetent," said Steve Major, Davis County deputy county attorney.

The hearing was continued to May 12, and Major said, between now and then, hospital officials have some work to do, because Gunn is still classified as nonverbal.

"They have to determine if they can bring him to competent (for trial)," Major said. "If they do, we can proceed. If not, we'll have to look at other options."

Major said hospital officials think they can help Gunn become competent for trial.

Gunn, who is in his 60s, is accused of stabbing his sister-in-law, Marva Gunn, 23 times on June 16, 2009.

He had been living at the home of his older brother, Gene, and Marva for only two weeks after being released from a local mental behavior unit and placed in the care of the Gunns.

Gunn was found incompetent to stand trial in July 2009 and was transported to Utah State Hospital.

According to court documents, he was scheduled for arraignment hearings in January and July 2010, and both were continued for six months because Gunn was still found incompetent.

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