CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with attempted homicide and arson was ruled incompetent to stand trial during a Thursday competency hearing before Judge Douglas Herman in Franklin County Court.
Dr. John Hume, a forensic psychiatrist, testified at the hearing that Laverne Z. Zimmerman has a mental disorder that prevents him from being able to assist in his own defense. Herman ordered Zimmerman to undergo 60 days of in-patient treatment at Mayview State Hospital "as soon as a bed is available."
Zimmerman, 22, of Mainesville Road, Shippensburg, Pa., was charged with setting an Aug. 31 fire at the Olde Scotland Road home of Reuben and Minerva Oberhotzer in Southampton Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. No one was seriously injured in the fire, police said.
Zimmerman was hospitalized for more than three months in late 2006 and sought outpatient treatment several times in 2007, Hume testified. The psychiatrist testified he examined Zimmerman while he was incarcerated on Dec. 20 and again shortly before Thursday's hearing.