Crum incompetent to stand trial once again

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
Crum during his competency hearing on May 7 -

GEORGETOWN, Ohio — John Crum was declared incompetent to stand trial for a third time for the murder of a Brown County woman.

Crum was indicted on Sept. 21, 2017, and charged with the murder of 62-year-old Marsha Thigpen of Ripley, Ohio. Thigpen’s body was found on Aug. 9, 2017 at 5969 Ripley Day Hill Road in Ripley, after authorities received a report of an unresponsive woman.

Forensic information later revealed 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.

The State of Ohio requested a second opinion on Crum’s competency, which was granted by the court. 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.

Gusweiler scheduled a date of Sept. 4, 2018, for a hearing to determine if Crum’s competency is restorable. On that same day, another Suggestion of Incompetency to stand trial was filed.

Crum was ordered to continue treatment at Summit Behavioral Healthcare by the court. Another competency hearing is set for Dec. 10 to determine whether Crum is competent to stand trial.

Crum during his competency hearing on May 7 during his competency hearing on May 7

Jonathan Wright

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