Crime

Man to get mental evaulation

A 46-year-old former Connell prisoner accused of assaulting a corrections officer was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after he repeatedly interrupted a judge in court Tuesday and refused to answer to the names listed on court documents.

Allah Allah, who also uses the alias Edwin Randal Coston and Divine Allah, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with second-degree assault. He's accused of hitting Corrections Officer John Poynor at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on Oct. 31, 2010, and dislocating his shoulder.

Allah, who is in custody of the state Department of Corrections at the Monroe Corrections Complex, was in the Pasco courtroom Tuesday to enter a plea to the charge.

When Judge Craig Matheson called his name, however, Allah said it wasn't him. Franklin County corrections officers started to escort him out of the courtroom, but Matheson called him back in after being told that Allah apparently refused to be identified by the names officials had.

Matheson attempted to explain his rights, but Allah kept interrupting him and asked who he was talking to.

"I'm talking to you. Whatever you go by," Matheson said.

"My question is, which one is me?" Allah asked.

Matheson said it didn't matter and tried to continue with the hearing. After repeated interruptions, Allah eventually let Matheson read the information in the charge against him.

Allah said he would like to represent himself but asked to have an attorney appointed to help him.

"I've been falsely imprisoned and kidnapped," Allah claimed. "I've been bankrupted by the United States."

Shelley Ajax was appointed to represent Allah. She requested a competency evaluation before any pleas were entered.

Matheson agreed to stay the proceedings and send Allah to Eastern State Hospital for an evaluation. A status hearing was set for Sept. 4.

Allah was also ordered back into DOC custody.

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