By Wayne Gates –
John Crum has once again been found incompetent to stand trial for the murder of Marsha Thigpen in August of last year.
At a May 7 hearing, the results of a second competency evaluation were discussed in Brown County Common Pleas Court.
This time, Crum was found incompetent at the present time, but potentially restorable to competency at a later time
Crum will be sent to Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati for treatment. He will return to court in September for another hearing on his competency.
Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin said that there is a difference between pleading insanity and being incompetent to stand trial.
“An insanity plea means that a defendant didn’t know right from wrong at the time of the offense. If someone is incompetent, that means that they cannot assist in their own defense at the present time,” Corbin said.
Corbin added that sending Crum to Summit is an involuntary commitment ordered by Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler and that he has not been released from custody. The state has one year to attempt to restore Crum to competency, according to Corbin.
Crum was charged with charged Thigpen’s murder last September.
Thigpen’s body was found Aug. 9 on Ripley Hill Road in Ripley. Her cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound to the head.
Crum was later arrested in Adams County and charged with murder.