Mental evaluation ordered for Kennewick suspect
Monday, January 30, 2012
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- A Benton County judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a man who says God told him to kill his grandmother.
At Monday's initial court appearance the lawyer for 28-year-old Adam Ryan Williams of West Richland said he has a long history of mental health issues.
Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/SsUs6A) Williams told police after his arrest that God sent a guiding light telling him to kill his grandmother. The body of 87-year-old Viola Williams was found Friday at her home in the Sun Meadows mobile home park in Kennewick.
Court proceedings are on hold until Adam Williams is evaluated at Eastern State Hospital.
He previously spent five years in the hospital after he was acquitted of an assault charge by reason of insanity. He was released in May 2011.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com