LIMA — A Dayton psychologist has determined that a Lima man is mentally competent to stand trial on aggravated robbery charges.
Deshawn Porter, 26, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Wednesday with his attorney to hear Judge Terri Kohlrieser discuss the findings of his court-ordered competency hearing. Kohlrieser said it was determined by doctors at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio in Dayton that Porter “is currently capable of assisting with his defense and is competent to stand trial.”
His jury trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 27, 2020.
According to court documents, on July 23 of this year Lima police were dispatched to the 600 block of East Second Street in reference to a robbery. A resident there told officers she and her boyfriend had recently moved into the home and were having trouble with Porter, who also stayed at the residence.
The woman told police Porter had on more than one occasion threatened to rape her and cause her physical harm.
On the day in question, the woman said he was in the shower when Porter burst into the room and tried to take her purse. She and her boyfriend retreated to their room but Porter forced his way through a closed door and was carrying a large carving fork, the woman told police. She said the Lima man threatened to cause them physical harm.
Several other persons at the residence reportedly verified her account.
Porter reportedly admitted to police that he was intoxicated and had not been taking his prescribed medications for a while. He also admitted taking the fork into the couple’s room with the intent of intimidating them, court documents show.