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Murder suspect sent back to state hospital

Adrien Graham Wallace will undergo another evaluation of mental health


Less than two weeks after finding accused murderer Adrien Graham Wallace of Lake Oswego mentally fit to stand trial, a Clackamas County judge on Friday sent him back to the Oregon State Hospital for another evaluation.Wallace

When Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones ruled on Sept. 18 that Wallace was competent for trial, he said Wallace’s issues seemed rooted in a long-held paranoid perception of the world rather than delusions or hallucinations more characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia.

But he noted that decision could change if new information emerged that brought the defendant’s mental health back into question.

On Sept. 27, Jones reversed his previous decision, sending Wallace back to the state hospital in Salem for another evaluation of his ability to aid and assist the defense attorneys working on his case. The change came after Jones reviewed a letter written by Wallace, who doctors have presented conflicting opinions on when describing his paranoid beliefs.

The letter, used as a defense exhibit, was not made public.

Wallace, 42, faces charges of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of his mother, Saundra Sue Wallace, 71, and his nephew, Nicolas Brian Juarez, 16, who was visiting in Lake Oswego from Mountain View, Calif. The incident took place the evening of June 4, 2012, in the driveway of a house on Indian Springs Circle, where Adrien Wallace lived with his mother. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Attorneys David Falls and Laurie Bender are representing Wallace. Falls previously said their client has suggested that his defense team is conspiring with prosecutors and working as an “agent of the state” by facilitating access to material taken off his computer hard drive.

Falls also has said Wallace stopped cooperating near the end of an interview with a psychologist hired by prosecutors who surprised him with questions about the written material on his computer. Wallace was reportedly unaware thousands of pages of those documents, containing stories with titles such as “Weird Moon Story,” “Zombie Story,” “The Old Story” and “Until the End of the World,” had been obtained by both sides and could possibly become evidence in the case.

But prosecutors previously argued that sending Wallace back to the state hospital would just delay the trial, which has now been delayed because of the new developments in the case.

Chris Owen of the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office previously said Wallace “picks and chooses” when to cooperate with his attorneys.

The trial was previously set to begin mid-October.

With Wallace sent back for another evaluation of his ability to aid and assist, the trial will now be delayed.




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