A Pasco murder suspect was expected in court Tuesday, but his attorney said Joseph Hart still is being treated at Eastern State Hospital.
Hart, who is accused of fatally stabbing his housemate, had been awaiting evaluation and treatment at the state mental health facility.
Defense attorney Scott Johnson said he was at the Medical Lake facility Aug. 16 when his client was evaluated by psychologist Randall Strandquist.
Strandquist concluded that Hart "was competent in some areas and he's not competent in others," Johnson told Judge Carrie Runge.
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It was recommended that Hart, 28, stay at the mental health hospital for another 90 days of treatment, Johnson said.
An order to stay the proceedings for another three months already had been signed by Judge Cameron Mitchell on Aug. 17. Johnson explained that Hart was set to be transferred back to the Franklin County jail, so they had Mitchell sign the order out of court. Runge is preassigned to the case.
If Hart had been returned to jail, he would have been put back on the waiting list for a spot at Eastern State Hospital, Johnson explained.
Hart previously waited almost three months in the jail before an opening at Eastern State.
Hart is accused of killing Rodger A. Lincoln during a fight March 6 at the home they shared in the Sundance Mobile Home Park on North Elm Avenue. The mobile home was one of several owned by Lourdes Health Network and is used as housing for people with mental illness.
Lincoln, 53, died after several stab wounds to his head and torso by a hunting-type knife, an autopsy showed.