LIMA – A Lima woman who previously had been deemed not competent to stand trial for stabbing an Allen County deputy with his own knife has, after a year of psychiatric treatment, had her competency restored.
Allen County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Reed on Tuesday cited a Jan. 12 report from medical experts at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo which said Mary Spurlock, 45, is now mentally competent and able to assist in her own defense on a charge of felonious assault, a felony of the first degree.
Spurlock appeared at Tuesday’s hearing via Zoom from the Toledo hospital, where she has been for a year after doctors at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio in Dayton found her incompetent to stand trial. The physician who authored that report requested that Spurlock be sent to the Toledo hospital for treatment.
Spurlock, during the hearing in January 2020, attempted to address the specific facts of her case and said the charges against her are “grossly exaggerated.”
The Lima woman was indicted in November 2019 for the stabbing two months earlier of Allen County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Evan Thomas with his own knife during a scuffle between the two. He was attempting to carry out a probate court order to transport her to a Lima hospital for a mental health evaluation.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Reed said now that Spurlock’s competency has been restored, the case can move forward in a normal fashion. He said a scheduling conference will be held to determine the next step and to set a trial date.
Spurlock’s attorney, William Kluge, said his client is prepared to waive her constitutional right to a jury trial and have her case heard by Reed alone.