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Reid refuses medical tests

June 22, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Albert Reid last week refused to submit to a series of court-ordered medical tests that might have been determined whether he is competent to stand trial in the deaths of his estranged wife and stepdaughter.

Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said on Monday that he was told Reid refused to undergo the tests Friday at Chambersburg Hospital.

"That's something I really can't answer until it's in court," attorney Michael J. Toms said Monday, although he did not deny Nelson's statement. Toms was appointed by the court to represent Reid in competency proceedings.

Public Defender Robert J. Trambley confirmed Reid refused to take the tests, but referred other questions to Toms. Trambley and attorney Stephen D. Kulla are representing Reid in the homicide case.

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Reid, 49, is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count of burglary in the Dec. 27, 1996, deaths of Carla Reid, 36, of Chambersburg, and her daughter, 14-year-old Deidra Moore. Both were shot in the head in their Sollenberger Road home.

A defense psychiatrist testified at a May 12 competency hearing that Reid was delusional and thus incompetent to stand trial. Prosecution and court-appointed psychiatrists said Reid had a personality disorder, but could assist in his own defense.

At the hearing, however, Toms objected that he had not been notified of, or present at, Reid's April 9 examination by the court-appointed psychiatrist. Judge John Walker later ruled Reid competent to stand trial, but on June 9 ordered a new examination because of Toms' objection.

Reid's trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, but Walker postponed it until September.

Trambley said Reid's next mental examination is scheduled for July 14, subject to the availability of the three psychiatrists.

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