Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 12, 2014

Attempted murder suspect Zachariah Morgan committed to mental hospital

Zachariah Morgan was found incompetent to stand trial.

By Mike Fletcher
Kokomo Tribune

---- — A man accused of stabbing his father earlier this year was committed to the Logansport State Hospital after he recently was found incompetent to stand trial.

Kokomo police arrested Zachariah Morgan, 24, in February after they found his father, Robert D. Morgan, suffering from stab wounds to his chest and right arm at his home in the 1400 block of East Gano Street.

Court documents state that Robert Morgan told officers his son suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and “just snapped” and began stabbing him in the chest and arm with a butcher knife without provocation.

Police arrested Zachariah Morgan at the scene and charged him with attempted murder.

His court-appointed attorney, Jeffrey Elfman, filed a motion to determine competency to stand trial in March.

After being evaluated by two physicians, the court ruled Zachariah Morgan “does not presently have comprehension sufficient to understand the nature of this criminal action against him and to make a defense.”

The ruling by Howard Circuit Court Judge Lynn Murray resulted in a delay of his criminal case until Zachariah Morgan is deemed competent to stand trial. He remains in the Howard County jail and will be transported to Logansport State Hospital when a bed opens up, court records stated.

Mike Fletcher can be reached at 765-454-8565 or mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com