Mental competency of alleged courthouse shooter questioned
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:35:15 GMT —
The attorney for a man accused of shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse wants his client to undergo a mental evaluation.
Court documents show attorney MW Cockrell's motion to have Curtis Brent Gorny, 56, evaluated by examiners with the SC Department of Mental Health or by the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Gorny shot Olivia Weaver, 21, and her stepfather, Johnnie Nolan, outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on February 13, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.
Gorny is believed to be the father of Weaver's young child.
The day of the shooting he was supposed to attend a hearing where he was ordered to pay child support, deputies said.
Instead, they say he waited and fired on Weaver and Nolan.
Gorny is accused of leading deputies on a 12-mile chase through several communities before being arrested in Pageland.
Cockrell questions if Gorny is competent to stand trial.
Court documents say he may lack the competency to understand criminal proceedings or to assist the defense as a result of a lack of mental competence.
He wants examiners to determine if Gorny suffers from mental illness.
The court has yet to set a date as to when Cockrell's motion will be heard.
Gorny remains in custody at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.