Competency ruling delayed for Stan Curtis

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 6:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – On Wednesday, May 29, the federal case against USA Harvest founder Stan Curtis, who is accused of stealing from that charity, remains in a state of delay.

A guilty plea that was expected from Curtis months ago has not happened, health problems, and now a ruling that he’s mentally incompetent have raised more questions.

“The psychiatrist retained by the government says he is not competent at least for now. Her opinion was because of the rate of his improvement he might become competent in the next three to six months, so the case has been continued about four months,” Scott Cox, Curtis’s attorney, said.

Curtis tried to enter a guilty plea but the courts had questions about his mental state.

Cox explained more about his current state in court on Wednesday.

“He suffered from such significant physical problems a few months ago that it affected his ability to think. He lost about 100 pounds and that has caused some brain damage,” Cox said.

Now it's unclear if Curtis will still enter the plea at all.

 “I mean that will be his decision that is something we will talk about when I feel he is able to talk about it and have a good and intelligent conversation,” Cox said.

Curtis will be back in court in September and his mental state will be decided then.
 

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