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Man accused of attempted murder needs evaluation for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, lawyer says.

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Dunbar man accused of shooting another man whom he believed slapped his pregnant girlfriend in the belly is believed to suffer from some form of psychosis, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Franklin Delano Beverly, 31, is accused of shooting Joe Green up to nine times in an apartment complex near Shawnee Park in October. Green survived the shooting.

Prosecutors say that Green slapped Beverly's pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. About a week later, Beverly found Green sitting in a chair and shot him with a .45 pistol. A grand jury indicted Beverley last week on charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding.

At his arraignment Tuesday, Beverly's lawyer, Tom Price, noted that though a state-appointed psychologist found Beverly competent to stand trial, other psychologists have found that he exhibits signs of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom said that Price is free to hire another psychologist to diagnose Beverly. It was not immediately clear to the parties whether the state is obligated to pay for further psychiatric evaluations.  

Beverly pleaded not guilty to the charges during Tuesday's arraignment. His bond remained $100,000.

After the Oct. 19 shooting, several schools in the area were placed on lockdown for about an hour.

 


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