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By DON AINES | June 22, 1998
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.
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November 20, 1996
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The 1988 death of Jane Mitchell Souders might forever have been chalked up to suicide. But partly because of her friend Todd Rexroth, Jane Souders' husband was convicted Monday of shooting her. Still, Rexroth believes that the maximum 10-year prison sentence awaiting Joseph Leroy Souders for voluntary manslaughter isn't severe enough. "This really bothers me," said Rexroth, 32, of Newburg, Pa. "She's still heavy on my mind and I did what I had to do. " Rexroth, who had become close friends with Jane Souders while the two were patients of the psychiatric unit at Chambersburg Hospital, told his psychiatrist that he didn't think her death was a suicide.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 22, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. ? An attorney accused in the gruesome slaying of his ex-wife last year will be evaluated this week to determine whether strokes impaired his mental ability to control his impulses when police allege he repeatedly stabbed the woman. Stephen R. Fielder, 59, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was indicted in February 2007 on one count of first-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Debra Ann Fielder. The planned evaluation of Fielder this week in Morgantown, W.Va., by a forensic psychiatrist was approved by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders as part of an effort to avoid further delay of Fielder's trial, which is set to begin Nov. 6. Fielder's trial was expected to begin in July, but defense attorney B. Craig Manford in a June court hearing told Sanders he was having a difficult time getting copies of his client's medical records from health-care providers.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 29, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A psychiatrist has determined that a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a bartender at the Cliffside Bar and Grill near Harpers Ferry in December 2006 is not competent to stand trial because of mental illness, attorneys in the case said Thursday. The competency issue involving James Robert Jones, 26, of 180 Campground Road in Harpers Ferry, came out during a hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. Thomas Adamski, a psychiatrist working for defense attorney Aaron Amore, has determined that Jones suffers from schizophrenia, Amore said.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 10, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Former Hagerstown psychiatrist and convicted child molester Alan J. Horowitz was deported Sunday morning from India to the United States, where he faces charges that he violated the terms of his parole in New York. "We met the plane at the Newark, N.J., airport at 4 a.m. Sunday and made the arrest at the gate," U.S. Marshal Gary Mattison said. "Horowitz was accompanied by representatives of the U.S. State Department and the FBI. " Horowitz was found May 22 in a seaside resort in southern India and has been jailed since, awaiting deportation to the United States for traveling under a false British passport, Mattison said.
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January 29, 2001
Psychiatrists testify Pa. killer was psychotic By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Calling him "psychotic," psychiatrists testified Monday that Michael Singley formulated a plan to kill his cousin and his wife to give him the motivation to kill himself. continued In the fourth day of testimony in the death penalty case, the defense called Doctors Edward Yelinek, Lawrence Donner and Neil Blumberg to address Singley's mental state before the Nov. 3, 1998, murders of Christine Rohrer, 23, and James Gilliam, 39. Singley, 24, 1126 E. Brandon Drive in Chambersburg, pleaded guilty in August to the stabbing death and rape of Christine Rohrer, 391 Elder St., and the fatal shooting of Gilliam, her next door neighbor.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 22, 2005
HAGERSTOWN marlob@herald-mail.com On June 11 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ira Lourie was flanked by family and friends as he accepted the 2005 Tipper Gore Remember the Children award, presented by the National Mental Health Association. "When I learned of this, I felt very blessed and honored," said Lourie, a child psychiatrist who has worked with and for troubled children since the early 1970s. Lourie lives in Hagerstown. Lourie's wife, Carrol Springer Lourie, said the award ceremony in Washington was very special.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 2, 2012
A Chambersburg man charged in the 2010 shooting death of his son appeared in Franklin County (Pa.) Court Friday for a pretrial conference. David Breschi, defense attorney for Jerry D. Rowe, said he would add a forensic psychiatrist as a defense witness to the trial list, a witness that had been denied by the court. Since the court denied the need for a forensic psychiatrist, Breschi said his law firm would retain the expert and submit a report to the commonwealth. Franklin County Judge Douglas Herman asked why there was a need for a forensic psychiatrist.
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By DON AINES | April 4, 2008
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 (Pa.) 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.
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January 26, 2001
Singley's family testifies at his sentencing trial By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Diane Singley cried inconsolably on the witness stand Friday as she told a jury that her son, convicted double murderer Michael Singley, was an outgoing, lovable young man until deep depression took over his life. A parade of family members and Michael Singley's girlfriend testified to Singley's status as a fun-loving, responsible family member as part of the defense's bid to keep him off death row. Singley, 24, of 1126 E. Brandon Drive, pleaded guilty in August to the stabbing death and rape of Christine Rohrer, 23, of 391 Elder St., and the fatal shooting of James Gilliam, 39, her next door neighbor.
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