Mental health evaluation ordered for shooting suspect
The woman accused of shooting her former supervisor at a U.S. Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver will be sent to Western State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols on Tuesday ordered the evaluation of Deborah A. Lennon, 46, at the request of her attorney, Steven Rucker. During the brief hearing, Lennon appeared with Rucker in front of Nichols. She’s is being held at the Clark County Jail on $1 million bail.“There appears to be a history of erratic behavior that would lead us to have concerns about her mental health,” Rucker said. “Before we move forward and do anything in the courts, we have to determine whether she is competent to understand the proceedings and aid and assist counsel.”The evaluation will be restricted to determining whether Lennon is able to aid in her defense. It doesn’t address all mental health issues.Lennon’s arraignment, previously set for Feb. 20, will be delayed pending the evaluation. Nichols scheduled a hearing for March 13, when he will review the evaluation. Lennon is expected to be transported to the hospital within a couple of days, Rucker said.