GREENVILLE — A motion filed by an attorney to have his teen client examined for competency to stand trial has been denied.
On Thursday, Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein issued his ruling on the motion filed by defense attorney Dave Rohrer October 23 on behalf of his client, Ryan Monahan.
The 18-year old Monahan, of Greenville, is charged with four counts of felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence, all felonies.
Rohrer had sought to have Monahan evaluated, telling the court he didn’t believe his client fully understood the seriousness of the charges against him and that Monahan was not able to fully assist in his own defense. Both Monahan and his mother, Julie Monahan, testified before the court last Tuesday.
Judge Hein’s decision on the motion noted that while Monahan was “somewhat anxious and uncertain” on the witness stand, the defendant understood the roles of the defense attorney, the judge, and the nature of the charges against him.
“[The defendant’s] current and prior behavior, mannerism and respect in the courtroom have been appropriate and are noted. He has not demonstrated any difficulties following instructions. He apparently functions well enough to retain employment at a fast food restaurant and also works with video gaming tools to expand programs,” Hein wrote.
The ruling, however, does state the court may reconsider the defendant’s request “if further educated opinions casting doubt on competency are provided.”
Monahan’s jury trial, originally slated to begin October 24, has been rescheduled for January 23 to 26.
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