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Judge: Man not competent to stand trial for attempted murder at this time

Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:56 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A judge in state district court ruled Wednesday that a man accused of trying to kill a woman at Chateau du Lac apartments in November 2011 is not mentally competent to stand trial now.

Alex Conrad McKneely is charged with attempted second-degree murder in relation to a stabbing at the high-rise apartments, said District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Holly Carter.

Two court psychiatrists, Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Garrett Rider, agreed that McKneely could be restored to mental competency with medicine, but that he is refusing to take his medicine.

Wednesday’s hearing was the third sanity hearing for McKneely. The doctors gave opposite findings at both previous hearings, although they alternated on whether McKneely was competent for trial.

Judge Michael Canaday agreed that medication is a determining factor in McKneely’s sanity and ordered him to Feliciana Forensic Facility for treatment. He requested a report within 180 days.

McKneely was on a court docket in June to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, but he refused to leave his cell.

Anderson said that when he interviewed McKneely in July, he again refused to leave his cell. Anderson said he stood outside McKneely’s cell and interviewed him.

Anderson described McKneely as “very ill,” although he said McKneely’s condition has been significantly improved in the past by medication.

Anderson recommended McKneely be committed to a treatment facility, where he would be forced to take his medication. Anderson said that at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, where McKneely is being held, he cannot be forced to take his medication because it is not a treatment facility.

Ryder said that when he saw the defendant in June 2012, McKneely was on medication, but when he saw him again in November 2012 he was off medication, resulting in significant regression.

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