by Aaron Gibson, April 12, 2016
A Goshen man accused of a July 2014 burglary in the Sardinia area has been found competent to stand trial and will go on trial in May.
David S. Carpenter, charged with one count each of second-degree felony burglary and first-degree misdemeanor petty theft, is set to go on trial in Brown County Common Pleas Court on May 2.
Carpenter, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, was initially found incompetent to stand trial last December and ordered to undergo four months of treatment at Summit Behavioral Healthcare Center while his mental state was further reviewed.
At an April 11 hearing, Judge Scott T. Gusweiler ruled Carpenter “is now capable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him and is capable of presently assisting in his defense,” according to court documents.
Carpenter is accused of breaking into a home on Louderback Road near Lake Waynoka and stealing property from a jewelry box in July 2014.
Carpenter, who had been camping on the victims’ property at the time of the burglary, was identified as a suspect in May 2015 when blood samples taken from a bloodstained curtain and a broken window came back from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as a match for Carpenter, according to Detective Chad Noble of Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
He was indicted one year after the burglary on July 20, 2015.
—Brown County Crime Reporter, April 12, 2016 10:14 PM EST
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