Saturday, April 10, 1999

Psychiatric exam ordered for suspect

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Murder suspect James D. Sudberry will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

        After listening to Mr. Sudberry's grandmother testify about his history of psychological problems, Judge Patricia Oney of Butler County Common Pleas Court ordered the evaluation.

        The grandmother, Lula Rome, of Eaton, Ohio, said he had been diagnosed as manic-depressive and had been hospitalized twice.

        Mr. Sudberry, 25, is accused of fatally stabbing his 37-year-old uncle, James L. Sudberry, with a pair of scissors. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

        Police discovered the body of James L. Sudberry in a garage on Maple Street in Hamilton.

        The two men had been living together in a house in Hamilton for several weeks. The elder Sudberry had recently moved to Hamilton from Colorado.

        A relative of the Sudberrys had testified at a February court hearing that James L. Sudberry had directed homosexual epithets toward his nephew the day before the murder.

        James D. Sudberry also is accused of striking a sheriff's deputy with his hand at the Butler County Jail and of stabbing a cellmate, James Lee Lawson, in the eye with a pencil.


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