May 21, 2018
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Wilton man charged with assault found incompetent to stand trial

Franklin County Jail | BDN
Franklin County Jail | BDN
Joseph Gephart
By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Franklin County justice ruled Friday that a Wilton man is incompetent to stand trial on charges of assaulting police and a caseworker in April and May in Wilton.

Justice Michaela Murphy ordered that 19-year-old Joseph Gephart be committed to the commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The decision came after she privately read a state forensic evaluation report.

In April, Gephart was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer and Gephart’s caseworker at the Wilton Public Safety Building, police previously said.

In May, Gephart was arrested on charges of assaulting two police officers by biting them and breaking their skin, Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox said previously.

Police had been called to a Weld Road home where Gephart was reported to have been terrorizing a resident, Wilcox said previously.

Gephart also faces charges in Lewiston connected to assaults on medical care providers at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston in May.

Under DHHS care, he is to be placed in an appropriate institution for the care and treatment of people with mental illness or in an appropriate residential program that provides care and treatment for persons who have intellectual disabilities or autism.

At the end of 30 days or sooner, and again in 60 days and one year, the State Forensic Service shall forward to the commissioner of the DHHS assesments of Gephart’s competence to stand trial and its reasons.


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