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Ten Commandments destroyer found unfit to stand trial, hospitalized

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:11 AM

click to enlarge MICHAEL TATE REED
Circuit Judge Chris Piazza decided this morning that Michael Tate Reed, charged with demolishing the Ten Commandments Monument on the Capitol grounds shortly after it was installed, was unfit to stand trial and ordered him committed to the State Hospital to see if he could ever be fit for trial. John Lynch reports for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A psychiatric examination was ordred for Reed in September. He drove a car into the monument June 28 and has been in custody since.

Reed, 32, went through a similar process in Oklahoma after being charged with knocking down a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol in 2014. He was not prosecuted but referred to mental health treatment.

Since his arrest in Arkansas, his family has written the court asking that he receive mental health treatment. He had been defended by a public defender, but a private attorney recently joined the case in his behalf. and told reporters today Reed was sick and needed treatment. The court records show Piazza passed the case until Dec. 13, 2018.

Reed was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, for destroying the monument. A new version has been made, but not yet installed. Several groups have announced intentions to sue after the monument is in place for state endorsement of religion.

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