GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A man accused of murder in Brown County has again been found incompetent to stand trial.
John R. Crum was indicted on Sept. 21, 2017, and charged with the murder of 62-year-old Marsha Thigpen of Ripley. Thigpen’s body was found on Aug. 9 at 5969 Ripley Day Hill Road in Ripley, Ohio after authorities received a report of an unresponsive woman.
Forensic information later revealed that the cause of Thigpen’s death was a gunshot wound to the head. The wound was consistent with the type of wound caused by a small caliber firearm, according to Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
In March, Crum’s counsel filed a Suggestion of Incompetency to stand trial. Judge Scott T. Gusweiler ordered a competency evaluation to be conducted on Crum, which included the opinion of the examiner as to whether Crum is capable of understanding the nature and objective of court proceedings against him.
The examiner, Dr. Nicole O. Snowden of the Court Clinic, found Crum incompetent to stand trial. Furthermore, she found that he is not capable of being restored to competency in the time allowed by law.
At the time, another evaluation of Crum’s competency was ordered by Gusweiler. The results, presented to the court on May 7, agreed with the previous report that Crum was incompetent to stand trial. However, unlike the previous report, the most recent one found that it would be possible to restore Crum to competency.
“Based upon my review of both reports, the court at this time finds the defendant incompetent,” Gusweiler said.
He ordered Crum to be sent for evaluation and treatment for the purpose of restoration of Crum’s competency. According to Gusweiler, Crum will be sent to Summit Behavioral Healthcare for this treatment.
Gusweiler scheduled a date of Sept. 4, 2018, for a hearing to determine if Crum’s competency is restorable. Until then, Crum will be at Summit Behavioral Healthcare, where monthly reports on his evaluation and treatment will be provided to the court.