Jury selection began in the trial of Marcus Wallace last month, but it halted unexpectedly when his lawyers expressed concerns about his thought processes and perceptions.
Senior Judge John C. Uhler then reviewed several professionals’ reports and video-recorded psychiatric interviews.
In a June 27 order, the York County, Pa., senior judge presiding in the matter concluded Wallace is incapable or unable to participate in his own defense by assisting his attorneys. However, he wrote that he is reasonably certain that involuntary treatment will provide the defendant with the capacity to stand trial.
That treatment was scheduled for 60 days before a follow-up hearing is held.
Wallace, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the beating death of his mother, Consuella Wallace.
Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty, allege that Wallace attacked his mother in her Hamilton Township, Pa., home on Dec. 10, 2009. She died from her injuries in February 2010.
A psychiatrist who evaluated Wallace found that he expressed a number of “bizarre and paranoid beliefs related to his case,” including the forgery of documents, identity theft and bribery of the potential jury, according to the judge’s order.
Uhler wrote that Wallace understands the nature of the criminal charge and consequences. However, he referred to evaluations that reached different conclusions, from the possibility of schizophrenia, to thinking processes that were not psychotic, but stress-related.