Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Judge orders mental evaluation for accused Planned Parenthood arsonist
Stout's trial was originally scheduled to take place earlier this month, but was pushed back as discussion continued about his mental state.
According to the judge's order, the examination must be completed in 45 days and will be conducted at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield.
The judge asked the following things be determined:
-The defendant's history and present symptoms
-description of the psychiatric, psychological, and medical tests that were employed and their results
-the examiner's findings
-the examiner's opinion as whether the defendant was insane at the time of the offense charged and if he will be "able to appreciate the nature and quality or wrongfulness of his actions."
Stout admitted to law enforcement officers that he was involved, not only in the Planned Parenthood fires, but also that he was responsible for the arson fire that destroyed the Islamic Society Mosque of Joplin. At this point, no charges have been filed in that case.
The revelation about the mosque fires was first made public in a motion to hold Stout without bond filed October 21, 2013, in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
After being advised of his Miranda rights, Stout confessed to attempting to set fire to the Planned Parenthood facility on October 3 and 4, 2013. He also confessed to setting fires at the Islamic Society of Joplin’s building on July 4, 2012 and on August 7, 2012. The building was completely destroyed in the August 7, 2012 blaze.