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Competency hearing set in McAmis case

BY KAT RUSSELL krussell@paducahsun.com

A competency hearing was scheduled Thursday for a homeless man accused in a 2015 fatal stabbing at Dolly McNutt Plaza.

Andy B. McAmis, 52, is charged with murder, theft and first-degree persistent felony offender in the death of Harold B. Bone, 56, whose body was found at the park on Oct. 31, 2015.

The case was scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 9, but that date was pushed back when the defense filed a motion on Jan. 3 requesting McAmis undergo a mental health evaluation.

Attorney John Johnson requested the evaluation after he said he learned his client had sustained a head injury while "defending another inmate."

As a possible result of that injury, Johnson said, McAmis has been experiencing debilitating headaches, nausea, dizziness and memory loss that could affect his client's ability to participate in his defense.

McCracken Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach granted the motion, ordering McAmis be transferred to Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange for the evaluation.

During a hearing Thursday in McCracken Circuit Court, Kaltenbach acknowledged that McAmis' examination has been completed and the evaluation report has been received, stating the next step was to schedule a review of the report.

A competency hearing has been scheduled for March 30, during which the doctor who examined McAmis will testify by phone as to results of the evaluation.

There are also several pending motions in the case, including one filed by McAmis requesting a new attorney, all of which cannot be addressed until the competency hearing is completed, the judge said.

If deemed competent, McAmis is scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 15.

McAmis was arrested Nov. 2 in Joliet, Illinois, two days after Paducah police said he fatally stabbed Bone. Police estimated the stabbing took place during an altercation sometime between 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 8 a.m. Oct. 31. McAmis then left town, authorities said.

Bone's body was discovered by a passerby around 9 a.m. on Oct. 31 near the Vietnam War memorial at Dolly McNutt Plaza.

Paducah Police Capt. Brian Laird said McAmis and Bone were acquaintances and that Bone frequented the plaza, where several homeless people are known to congregate.

Following his arrest by Illinois authorities, McAmis was extradited to Kentucky, where he was indicted Nov. 6.

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