One suspect found competent; hearing continued for second, in threats case

Hearing continued for second, in threats case

One of the Marietta residents who allegedly made threats against a St. Marys High School administrator was found competent to stand trial Friday.

Nicholas R. Massey, 19, of 290 Ridgewood Court Apt. G, was indicted on one count of inciting to violence, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He and Owen M. Dornon, 20, of 278 Ridgewood Court Apt. A, Marietta, both filed with the court that they were incompetent to stand trial and not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to police reports, officers responded to Dornon’s apartment in late February in regard to an internet chat group about the high school, which Dornon previously attended.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi said Massey’s attorney, Eric Fowler, initially asked for a continuance of the hearing.

“My understanding is you requested a continuance to get a second opinion,” Kerenyi said. “Are you withdrawing that now?”

Fowler replied he was.

The men were ordered by Kerenyi to be evaluated by the Forensic Diagnostic Center of District 9 to determine their mental conditions.

Kerenyi said the report showed Massey was presently mentally ill and suffering from symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and a significant issue with thought and impulse control and judgment. It was his opinion that Massey was able to understand and participate in the proceedings.

He noted the report showed that during the time period of the alleged threats, Massey did have severe mental disease but he knew the acts he was charged with were wrong.

Massey will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in Kerenyi’s court.

Dornon’s competency hearing was continued Friday morning at the request of his attorney, Ray Smith.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance

Nicholas Massey was found competent to stand trial during a hearing Friday morning.

He was indicted on one count of inciting to violence and one count of aggravated menacing.

He was arrested after allegedly threatening a St. Marys High School administrator.

Owen Dornon, who was also arrested for the threats, was also evaluated to see if he was competent to stand trial.

Dornon’s hearing was continued at the request of his attorney Friday morning.

Source; Washington County Common Pleas Court.


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