Judge finds Adrian Graham Wallace mentally able to aid and assist

Adrien Graham Wallace, accused of murdering his mother and nephew in Lake Oswego last year, has once again been found mentally capable of standing trial.Wallace

A Clackamas County judge recently ruled that Wallace, 42, is able to assist in his own defense.

Wallace 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.

The issue of his mental health emerged in court when his attorneys, David Falls and Laurie Bender, argued Wallace was unable to cooperate with his defense team because he thought they were conspiring with prosecutors.

On Sept. 18, Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones found Wallace was competent to stand trial despite concerns about whether he suffered from paranoid delusions or hallucinations. However, two weeks later Jones reversed that decision, sending Wallace back to the state hospital in Salem for another evaluation of his mental health.

But with Jones again finding Wallace fit to stand trial, the case will proceed. His trial, previously set for October, is now scheduled for Jan. 27.

Kara Hansen can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 107. Follow her on Twitter, @LOreporter.

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