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Doctors: Man accused of attacking women with a hammer competent to stand trial

January 29, 2019

Two of three doctors ordered by an Allen County judge to examine a Fort Wayne man who allegedly attacked two women in April with a hammer and then shot them have found him competent to stand trial. 

Raymond O. Demby, 52, faces several felony charges including attempted murder, burglary with serious bodily injury, aggravated battery resulting in loss or impairment of a bodily function, domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon and invasion of privacy. Police say he broke into a home April 25 and attacked the women. 

Defense attorney William Lebrato filed a notice of defense of mental disease or defect in July, and a judge later appointed two doctors to examine him : one found he was competent to stand trial, and the other disagreed. 

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull then ordered another examination, and the third psychologist found him competent. 

A status conference on the third doctor’s evaluation had been scheduled for today, but it was postponed to Friday. A trial date has not been scheduled. 

mleblanc@jg.net

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