Stipe found mentally incompetent

By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email
By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A neural psychologist for the federal prison system says former state Senator Gene Stipe is mentally incompetent.

Federal Judge Ronald White announced the finding at a hearing Monday morning at the federal courthouse in Muskogee.

Defense attorney Clark Brewster has argued Stipe is competent and requested time to evaluate the findings of prison psychologist Robert Denney.

White then granted a delay in Stipe's mental competency hearing until November 5th. White also delayed Stipe's scheduled arraignment on four new felony charges from Wednesday until November 16th.

Stipe was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair and watched
the proceedings intently and later disputed the psychologist's
conclusion.

Stipe says he doesn't believe he's incompetent and says neither do bankers who lend him money. Stipe says he also operates 3,500 oil and gas properties.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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