By AMY GAREIS News-Herald Staff Writer
A Coshocton man who was shot following a police chase will undergo a competency evaluation to learn whether he is able to stand trial.
Bryon Lee Lowery, 21, of 519 Sixth St., was arraigned in Harrison County Common Pleas Court around Thanksgiving on one count of third-degree felony failure to comply with the order of a police officer amid a grand jury indictment on Nov. 10.
He appeared with his legal guardian but without counsel and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Forensic Diagnostic Center District 9 of Cambridge. His guardian, father Dennis Lowery, acknowledged the indictment and the court entered a not guilty plea on Bryon Lowery’s behalf. Assistant Prosecutor Michael Washington represented the state while county Public Defender Adrian Pincola was later appointed as the defendant’s counsel.
Lowery did not interact during court proceedings, nor did he respond to court inquiries. As a result, Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Nunner ordered that Lowery be examined to determine his mental condition at the time of the offense on Sept. 23 and whether he is competent to stand trial.
A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 20 at noon to discuss results. Should he go to trial and get convicted, Lowery could face nine months to three years in prison. He remains free on a recognizance bond.
Details of the case are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.