A Pasco man charged with fatally stabbing his housemate hasn't yet been sent to a state mental health facility, almost three months after his case was put on hold for the evaluation.
Joseph William Hart, 28, remains in the Franklin County jail. Bail is set at $750,000.
His case was set for a hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, but lawyer Scott Johnson called the case early and said corrections officers didn't need to bring his client in because nothing was going to happen.
Hart is charged with second-degree murder for the March 6 death of Rodger A. Lincoln.
Lincoln died of multiple stab wounds to his head and torso, caused by a hunting-type knife, according to autopsy results.
Hart and Lincoln, 53, shared a home in the Sundance Mobile Home Park on North Elm Avenue. The mobile home is one of several owned by Lourdes Health Network and is used as housing for people with mental illnesses.
Hart has pleaded innocent to the allegations. However, a stay was entered in the case April 24 when it was decided Hart needed to go to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for a competency evaluation.
Johnson told Judge Craig Matheson that he has talked with Prosecutor Shawn Sant, and the two have learned that Hart is third or fourth on the list of those awaiting evaluations to go to the state facility.
The court scheduled an Aug. 7 status hearing.
Matheson also reminded Johnson that the case has been assigned to Judge Carrie Runge and any substantive issues must be heard by her.