Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More time needed for mental evaluation of accused Planned Parenthood, Mosque arsonist

Doctors at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles were given more time to complete their psychiatric evaluation of the man charged with setting two fires at the Joplni Planned Parenthood office on October 3 and 4, 2013.

U. S. District Court Judge David P.Rush on Tuesday granted an extension until March 3, and ordered that the complete report be filed by March 24. Originally, the deadline had been the end of December.

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.

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