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ETX hatchet slinging suspect declared insane at time of assault

ETX hatchet slinging suspect declared insane at time of assault
Marshall Police Department
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:15pm

After being determined competent in July to stand trial, Christopher Lynn Hamilton, the suspect accused of attacking two local Wal-Mart associates and a customer with a hatchet, has now been declared legally insane.

The diagnosis, filed in the District Clerk’s office on Aug. 19, was made by psychologist, Dr. Thomas G. Allen, who was appointed on Aug. 6, by 71st Judicial District Judge Brad Morin to perform a psychiatric evaluation on Hamilton, at the request of Hamilton’s court-appointed attorney Kyle Dansby.

Dansby filed a notice of intent on Aug. 4, to raise the issue of insanity and then filed a motion on Aug. 6 for examination regarding insanity.

“It appears to this examiner, with a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, that at the time of the conduct charged the defendant, Christopher Hamilton, was legally insane,” Allen said, “At the time, the defendant was unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions due to the presence of severe mental disease or defect.

“Namely, the defendant was suffering from schizophrenia, undifferentiated type,” he said, “The defendant did not know his conduct was wrong as defined by the laws of the state of Texas.”

Allen indicated that Hamilton’s behavior is consistent with onset of schizophrenia during the developmental years.

“The history provided and the symptom presentation is consistent with what is known about schizophrenia, its onset and symptom pattern,” said Allen. “The defendant’s presentation was not melodramatic and malingering does not appear to be an issue.”

Hamilton, a 28-year-old Arkansas transient, was arrested last December and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly coming into the Wal-Mart in Marshall and attacking two of the store’s associates and a customer with a hatchet. 

Read the entire story on the Marshall News-Messenger's website.

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