Psychologist to test murder defendant

August 25, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson man charged with shooting and stabbing a girlfriend to death last year will be examined by a psychologist, his attorney said Wednesday.

Rickey E. Carey's trial had been scheduled to begin next Tuesday but will be postponed until Oct. 26 to allow for the psychological testing, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. ruled Wednesday.

James T. Kratovil, Carey's attorney, said it is unclear what type of problems Carey may have.

Local psychologist William May has done a preliminary examination of Carey, and the results "led us to the conclusion that it's something that needs to be explored," Kratovil said.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson said the court may be dealing with a case of "borderline mental retardation."

May will conduct further testing of Carey for the defense, and there is a possibility that Thompson will have his own examination done, said Kratovil.


Carey, 39, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Lori Lynn Curry of Shenandoah Junction on Sept. 6, 1998, according to court records.

Curry, who had been dating Carey off and on for about six months, was found dead in a storage building behind 100 E. 11th St. in Ranson. The mother of three had been shot and stabbed.

Police have not offered a possible motive for the attack.

Carey and Curry were seen going into the storage building about 30 minutes before two gunshots were heard between 11:45 a.m. and noon on Sept. 6, police said.

Carey is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg.

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