July 2, 2013
LIMA — The results of a psychiatric evaluation for a man accused of stabbing a police officer in the head earlier this year were not made public Tuesday, but it’s likely he was found competent to stand trial.
John Heffner’s attorney asked Judge Jeffrey Reed for a second evaluation during a hearing Tuesday. Heffner also waived his right to a speedy trial so he could get the evaluation and to allow the time it takes for such a test.
Heffner has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Heffner is charged with felonious assault for the March 27 stabbing of Sgt. Dave Gillispie outside the entry door to the Lima Police Department. Heffner called officers outside and charged them once they stepped out.
Heffner stabbed Gillispie in the head. Gillispie managed to draw his weapon and shoot Heffner to stop the attack.
Steve Chamberlain, Heffner’s attorney, also asked the judge to throw out a statement Heffner made to a detective about the incident. Reed will review the recorded interview and determine whether Heffner was properly advised of his constitutional rights.