WA man accused of killing father sent to hospital



BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old Bellingham, Wash., man accused of killing his father and stabbing his mother and niece has been sent to a mental hospital for treatment aimed at restoring his competency to stand trial.

Per Olaf Johansson is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the Dec. 28 attacks in the family home. A Superior Court judge has found him incompetent and ordered no more than 90 days treatment at Western State Hospital.

A previous report from Western State found Johansson competent to assist in his defense, but public defender Darrin Hall told the court that his client reported that the voices in his head told him the defender was not on his side. So Johannson refused to cooperate.

The Bellingham Herald (http://bit.ly/ozIgfK ) cites court documents that say Johansson had gone off his medication for paranoid schizophrenia prior to the attacks.