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Man Enters Insanity Plea In Library Shootings

January 26, 1985

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A man police say walked into the downtown Cleveland Public Library last month and opened fire, killing one woman and wounding two, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity to charges stemming from the incident.

Attorneys for Kent A. Malcolm entered the plea Friday to a charge of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder. The new plea, during a pretrial hearing before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joseph McManamon, is in addition to an earlier plea of innocent.

Malcolm, 44, was being held in the Cuyahoga County jail.

John F. Harkins, one of Malcolm’s two court-appointed lawyers, said prosecutors want the court’s psychiatrist to determine whether Malcolm is fit to stand trial.

Harkins said he wants Malcolm examined by as many as three psychiatrists independent of the court, who would be paid by the court ″to establish whether he was insane at the time of the crime.″

Another hearing was set for March 8.

Malcolm ″doesn’t really talk much″ about the incident, Harkins said.″He doesn’t like to volunteer information. Some of what he says he also told police.″

Library employee Kathleen J. Bowman was shot and killed in the Dec. 19 shooting spree. Another library employee, Judith Scott, 33, and library patron Lilaya-Dasa Vrndavan, 32, were wounded.

Police arrested Malcolm inside the library and said he told them at the time that he was angry with women.

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