Competency evaluation ordered for Garrett

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Suspect charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter


HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Carroll County man accused of attempted capital murder of a deputy after escaping from custody in March had his preliminary hearing delayed Friday.
Richard Wilson Garrett of Gladesboro Road broke away from a deputy at the Carroll County Governmental Center at a March court appearance on breaking and entering and larceny charges. He found a truck with the keys in it, which was being used to move trash. He jumped in and drove way, leading authorities on a 30-minute pursuit that ended near a tree farm on Horseshoe Bend Road.
The bailiff confronted Garrett as he drove off, and Garrett allegedly tried to hit him with the truck.
Charges Garrett faces from that incident include attempted capital murder of a police officer, felony eluding police, escape, grand larceny of a vehicle and attempted malicious wounding of a police officer involving a vehicle.
Garrett appeared with his attorney Jonathan Venzie in Carroll County General District Court on April 20 to answer those charges.
Venzie requested that Garrett be evaluated for his competency to stand trial and competency at the time of the offense, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.
Garrett is due back in court July 13, when court officials will review the findings of the evaluations. Lyons said if Garrett is found competent to stand trial, the preliminary hearing will proceed the same day.