By CLYDE FORD
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Banner Cornell Catlett will undergo further psychiatric examination, but not at a hospital that he escaped from after being given a pass to walk the grounds unsupervised, a judge ruled Friday.
Catlett escaped Sept. 6 from the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, W.Va., where he was undergoing a competency examination before his scheduled Sept. 23 murder trial.
He is charged with shooting Andrew Mason twice in the head at Mason's home in Hedgesville, W.Va., on Feb. 4.
Catlett was caught on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, where he was staying with a relative.
On Friday, Berkeley County Circuit Judge Thomas Steptoe ordered Catlett to continue being held without bond.
Steptoe also ordered that Catlett undergo psychiatric evaluation at the mental health unit of the South Central Regional Jail.
Both public defender Jerome J. Dambro and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said further examination of Catlett is needed to determine his mental state.