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February 15, 2010

Cincinnati man accused of murder found incompetent to assist in his trial defense

The Cincinnati man accused of killing his wife and then turning the weapon on himself has been found mentally incompetent to appreciate the nature of the charges filed against him and effectively assisting in his defense.

So ruled Eighth Judicial District Judge Annette J. Scieszinski Jan. 12 in the case of Jackie Paul Glascock Sr., 66, after considering attorney statements, reports and stipulated evidence. The judge relied on several reports to come to a series of findings of fact.

Dr. John D. Bayless, with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, submitted a report to which all parties agreed showed Glascock Sr. suffers from a "mental disorder" which prevents "him from appreciating the charge against him, understanding the proceedings, and effectively assisting in his defense."

The doctor originally appointed by the court to assess Glascock's mental capabilities, Dr. Michael Taylor, "verbally committed to defense counsel that the defendant is not competent to stand trial and cannot effectively assist in his defense at this time."

Iowa code states a defendant, in order to be effectively prosecuted, must be able to understand the nature of the charges and be able to assist in their defense.

The judge suspended future proceedings and ordered Glascock Sr. committed to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville for psychiatric and medical treatment as necessary to restore the defendant to competency.

The judge ordered Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott to file a status report by July 23. A hearing on the defendant's status will be held July 27 at 9:30 a.m.

On July 12 Glascock, Sr., 66, was found at 16669 600th St. in Cincinnati with life threatening injuries from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Found murdered at the residence was his wife, Doretta Glascock. Glascock Sr. was flown to University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City for treatment.

Upon his discharge on Aug. 19, Glascock Sr. was arrested by the Appanoose County Sheriff and charged with first degree murder, a class A felony. He was transported to the Appanoose County Jail where he made an initial appearance in front of a magistrate.

Glascock Sr. does have a $1 million cash-only bond.

Law enforcement officials have said there was a history of domestic violence at the residence in Cincinnati and Doretta had requested and was issued a domestic abuse protective order against her estranged husband.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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