Nick McWilliams reporting – A 68-year-old man who allegedly shot at law enforcement and lead them on a chase is now competent to stand trial.
Donald Whiting Jr. is accused of firing at an officer responding to a complaint at his home, before barricading himself in his home for hours, eventually driving away and crashing in Fairfield Township, eventually being apprehended.
Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Judge Elizabeth Thomakos held a competency hearing for an update, relaying to Whiting via video conference that his report showed mental conditions, but he could still stand trial.
“Mr. Whiting has the present mental condition of unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorder. But also, the doctor’s opinion with reasonable medical certainty is that despite the present mental condition, Mr. Whiting is able to understand the nature and objective of the proceedings against him, and assist in his defense.”
Despite that ruling, Whiting will now undergo sanity evaluations, which will determine his state of mind in May of 2021 when the alleged incident occurred.
For the time being, he will remain at the Heartland Behavioral Health in Massillon, awaiting evaluation, according to Thomakos.
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