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Man charged in Clarksville woman's grisly death to get psychiatric evaluation

A Clark County judge issued an order Wednesday calling for two psychiatrists to assess 36-year-old Brian Williams. He's charged with killing Melody Gambetty.

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. — Warning: This story contains graphic details that may be unsettling for some readers

A southern Indiana man charged with killing a woman whose decapitated, mutilated body was found inside her burning apartment will be evaluated by psychiatrists to determine whether he has an intellectual disability. 

A Clark County judge issued an order Wednesday calling for two psychiatrists to assess 36-year-old Brian Williams. 

The News and Tribune reports Williams’ public defender had filed a motion asking for the Clarksville man to be examined. 

Williams is charged with murder and arson in the death of 67-year-old Melody Gambetty.

Mjr. Joel DeMoss said officers responded to a call on the 400 block of Kensington Drive after the Clarksville Fire Department discovered the decapitated body of Gambetty during an active fire.

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DeMoss said surveillance footage and information from neighbors helped identify Brian Williams as a lead suspect. Police found "all the pertinent evidence" needed during a search warrant of Williams' home, leading to his arrest. 

While the investigation is still ongoing, DeMoss said police believe it was a "botched robbery or home invasion that just went bad." DeMoss said Gambetty's body had several stab wounds. 

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Officers found body parts they believe were those of Gambetty in a suitcase at William's house. Several IDs and credit cards were found during a search of the home, as well as a small hand saw with human blood and tissue on the blade.

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