Lawyer Says Man is Not Fit for Fairfield Murder Trial
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A man legally committed to State Hospital South nearly a decade ago but recently released after doctors determined he could assist with his defense has been jailed to face a first-degree murder charge.
The Idaho Mountain Express reports in a story on Friday that 37-year-old Harley Robert Park is being held in the Elmore County jail in Mountain Home. Police say that Park in 2003 killed 61-year-old Lynn Stevenson at a nine-hole golf course Stevenson owned near Soldier Mountain north of Fairfield in south-central Idaho.
A judge in 2006 determined Park to be "dangerously mentally ill." Defense attorney Douglas Nelson says Park isn't mentally fit to stand trial and he'll challenge the assessment made by doctors that Park can understand and assist with his defense.