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Friday, July 19, 2013

Mental Evaluation Ordered For St. Marys Man

Evaluation ordered in threats case

By Katie Weidenboerner katiew@thecourierexpress.com
DuBois Courier Express

A St. Marys man charged with making terroristic threats and assault will be evaluated to determine if he is competent to represent himself.

Joshua Lee Coffey, 25, 1251 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, is charged with two counts each of making terroristic threats and assault following an incident in which allegedly he wielded a kitchen knife while threatening to kill his mother and her boyfriend.

The affidavit of probable cause says he made the threats because, “Joshua claimed the meat he was given to eat was pork, which was against his Muslim religion.”

Attorney George Daghir filed a motion for competency exam with the Elk County Court of Common Pleas June 20. The motion was granted following a lengthy hearing Thursday.

Coffey will be sent to Torrence State Hospital in Westmoreland County for a mental health evaluation. Read more....

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