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Sun. 4:12pm: Silent defendant sent to hospital

July 21, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN - A 55-year-old Warren man who hasn't said a word to anyone since his arrest in November, was sent to a forensic hospital on Friday to find out if the man is simply choosing not to speak or if a type of medication, or lack of it, is leaving him speechless.

Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos ordered Charles E. Anderson of Commerce Avenue N.W. be sent to Heartland Behavorial Healthcare in Massillon for a 20-day in-patient stay to determine his competency.

Kontos based his order on a recommendation from a forensic psychologist Dr. Thomas Gazley, who twice tried to interview Anderson at Trumbull County Jail.

"The only indication I got from him at first was when he shrugged his shoulders and held his hands out in front of him," Gazley said from the witness stand.

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