• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

New competency hearing set for Exantus

The Indiana man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in his family's Versailles home last December was scheduled to return to Woodford Circuit Court for a competency hearing on Sept. 27. A defense attorney for Ronald Exantus asked Woodford Circuit Judge Rob Johnson to grant a motion for additional information from his psychological evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center (KCPC) before next month's competency hearing. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Keith Eardley told Judge Johnson that he had never seen a motion for discovery where a defense attorney has requested additional notes and reports from social workers and others who did interviews for a KCPC evaluation. However, defense attorney Kim Green argued that the additional information would give her and co-counsel Bridget Hofler "a fuller picture" of Exantus's mental state than what's provided by a final report presented to the court. Eardley said he contacted KCPC for a written response to the defense's motion for additional discovery as it relates to the psychological evaluation. He was given to the end of this week to file a response to the defense's motion. Additionally, Eardley asked Johnson to set a trial date for Exantus, who has been charged with murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault. In response, Green said she did not have Hofler's calendar with her. "So I don't want to set a date without knowing if she's available or not," she added. Johnson agreed to delay setting a trial date until after he makes a decision on the pending motion and has had the Sept. 27 competency hearing, which was previously set for Aug. 8 before being cancelled. Six-year-old Logan Tipton was stabbed to death in his bedroom last December. Two of his siblings suffered non-life threatening lacerations. And his father, Dean Tipton, scuffled with Exantus and got a kitchen knife away from the 32-year-old Indiana man before police officers arrived, according to authorities. Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw has filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty for Exantus, a former nurse in Indianapolis, who remains lodged in the Woodford County Detention Center, with his bond set at $1 million.

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