The suspect in a 32-year-old Longview cold case murder will forcibly receive anti-psychotic medication at Western State Hospital in hopes of making him competent to enter a plea and stand trial.
Doctors at Western State Hospital have diagnosed Glenn Adams, 58, with unspecified schizophrenia, alcohol use disorder and methamphetamine use disorder, according to an Aug. 20 report.
Adams, a transient from Santa Barbara, Calif., turned himself in on July 6 and told local police he killed Russell Lyle Haines, 53, at the Oregon Way Hotel on March 13, 1986.
Prosecutors found enough evidence to charge Adams, but judges have so far denied his attempts in court to make a guilty plea and ordered him evaluated for mental illness.
“His diagnoses … (impede) his ability to enter a plea,” Cowlitz County Judge Pro Tem James Stonier said in court Tuesday when presented with the medical findings. “I do find that the involuntary treatment is necessary.”
Adams, 58, is charged with the first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He told police he strangled Adams and robbed him of $400.
According to the Western State report, Adams said he was subject to a secret governmental program that used energy waves and other mind control-techniques to torture him and “automate” and control his actions.
“He described the experience as torture and was certain the torture would end only upon a guilty verdict being rendered in his case,” the report said.
It found that Adams was capable of understanding court proceedings but is not capable of defending himself in court.
Adams wanted to make a guilty plea and asked for the death penalty as quickly as possible, the report said, “as he saw this as the only way to alleviate the torture of having his mind become ‘automated.’ ”
“These beliefs would clearly interfere with his ability to demonstrate legal reasoning and make reasonable decisions in his case or to assist in preparation of a defense,” the report continued.
Western State psychiatrist Dr. Glenn Morrison testified Tuesday that Adam’s mental illnesses are “things that are not thought to resolve on their own.”
However, Adams does not wish to take medication and believes he is competent, according to Thad Scudder, his attorney.
Stonier’s order came during a so-called “Sell” hearing, a proceeding that determines if there is a compelling interest in medicating a defendant against his or her own will.
The Sell test requires three criteria to be met: There is a strong governmental interest involved (a murder and public safety are at issue); medication is likely to work without substantial side effects; and there is no less intrusive alternative.
Stonier found all those criteria had been met in Adams’ case.
“(The) majority of people we treat (with anti-psychotic medication) … do get better,” Morrison said.