Man suspected of sword attack found incompetent to stand trial
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. —
The Battle Creek man accused of brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend with a sword was found incompetent to stand trial.
Newschannel 3's Brittany Gray sat down with Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert to find out what this means for the case of Anthony Whitlock.
Whitlock is in the hands of the Department of Forensic Psychiatry where he will remain until he is found competent to stand trial.
Battle Creek police say 35-year-old Whitlock attacked his former girlfriend with a three-foot sword a month ago, but the case won't be headed to trial any time soon.
Gilbert said, “The Department Forensic Psychiatry has custody of him and it's a lockdown facility, he's not free to leave.”
Investigators say on January 13 Whitlock broke into the home of Alonda Robinson while she and her children, ages 4, 9 and 13, were sleeping at the Teal Run Apartments.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for Robinson, she sustained debilitating injuries to her feet, legs, arms and hands.
The Department of Forensic Psychiatry was ordered to examine Whitlock to determine if he was competent to stand trial.
Gilbert said, “They attempted to do an evaluation of him and from the meeting that they had with him, they determined that he was incompetent the way he was acting.”
Gilbert says they tried to talk with him but he wouldn't respond.
He says they will continue to monitor Whitlock to determine if he is actually incompetent or faking it.
A review is expected to take place every 90 days.
According to court documents, a competency exam was ordered for Whitlock in 2008 after he was arrested on weapons charges.
In that case he was found competent to stand trial and Gilbert says that may happen at some point with this case.
He said, “In this case they believe that they can bring him back to competency within the time allotted.
Robinson's grandfather said she is doing well, is out of the hospital and attending therapy.