Capitol Shooting Suspect to Undergo Psych Evaluation
Suspect Larry Dawson's court case continued until evaluation completed
A man who was shot after pulling a pellet gun at the Capitol Visitor Center in March will undergo psychiatric evaluation before his court case proceeds, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
During the second hearing in as many weeks, attorney A.J. Kramer proposed Larry Dawson, 66, spend time in a federal medical center in Butner, N.C.
“The government has no objection,” prosecutor David Mudd said of the request to further examine Dawson’s competency to stand trial.
Dawson, who watched the proceedings from a wheelchair, spoke to Kramer privately but did not address the court.
He was shot by Capitol Police after pointing a BB gun at them during a busy day at the visitor center. He pleaded not guilty last week.
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Mudd’s one recommendation was that the defense provide prosecutors with a status report of Dawson’s activities within 10 days of his being moved.
Lamberth agreed to that and continued the case pending the outcome of the mental evaluation.
Dawson is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon and with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon
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Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa has said Dawson was known to police prior to the incident. Dawson had been detained in October after shouting “I am a prophet of God” on the House floor.
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