LIMA — A Lima woman was ordered Tuesday to spend up to a year in a Toledo psychiatric hospital as doctors attempt to restore her competency to stand trial on charges of felonious assault against a deputy sheriff.
Mary Spurlock, 44, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court following a recent evaluation performed by experts at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio in Dayton. Judge Jeffrey Reed said the doctor who wrote a report on Spurlock’s mental state deemed the woman to be incompetent to stand trial at the present time.
The physician requested that Spurlock be sent to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo for treatment.
Asked if she had any questions, Spurlock attempted to address the specific facts of her case.
“I think the charges are grossly exaggerated,” she said before Reed interrupted.
“The issue today is how do we move forward,” the judge said. “Do we proceed with trial or wait until you have gotten some treatment in Toledo so you can better assist your lawyer in presenting your defense? The doctor says in his report that you should not be brought to trial until you get some treatment.”
Spurlock initially requested a second evaluation but subsequently agreed to up to a year of treatment in Toledo.
Few details surrounding the case are included in court records. Spurlock’s arraignment on the first-degree felony charge alleges that on or about Sept. 12 of last year the Lima woman “did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to Deputy Evan Thomas by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, to wit: a knife.”
Spurlock earlier was ordered held on $100,000 bond.