Attorney: Escapted Inmate Has Mental Illnesses

DETROIT -- The lawyer for a man accused of stabbing a sheriff's deputy in the neck and carjacking a motorist in Detroit says his client's mental health was an issue in a past criminal case.
Defense attorney James Howarth told The Associated Press that 25-year-old Derreck White has experienced hallucinations. Howarth says White wouldn't have acted this way "in his right mind" and "something is very wrong."
White's Monday morning escape prompted a courthouse lockdown and a manhunt. He's accused of stabbing a deputy with a sharp comb. The deputy is injured but OK.
White was supposed to be sentenced Monday after a recent conviction on carjacking and other charges. His attorney says he was found competent to stand trial after a mental health exam.


WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 222999281