Accused Walmart hatchet attacker to be committed to Rusk State Hospital
Marshall, Texas (KETK) — The man accused of attacking several people in an East Texas Walmart will be committed to the Rusk State Hospital, according to the Marshall News Messenger.
Experts testified the suspect was not competent to stand trial last week. A judge ruled Monday he will spend no more than 120 days in the state facility. Hamilton can still stand trial after he attains competency, reported the News Messenger.
Back on December 9, 213, Christopher Hamilton, 27, of Crawford, Arkansas, allegedly injured several people swinging a hatchet inside the Marshall business, located on the 1700 block of East End Boulevard. The incident happened around 6:00 a.m.
When responding officers arrived, Hamilton ran from the scene into a nearby wooded area. Police, as well as K-9 units from Hallsville and Texas DPS troopers, searched the woods and found him around 7:30 a.m. He was arrested and booked into the Harrison County Jail. His bail was set at $225,000.
Hamilton was indicted by a Harrison County jury on March 4, 2014, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.