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Deemed competent, stabbing suspect to stand trial



Published: Thu, September 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The judge agreed to lower the woman's bond so she might get out of jail.

By ROGER G. SMITH

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Ceil Scott has been returned to mental competency in just a few months, so she now will stand trial on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

On Wednesday, Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court accepted the report of a Cleveland-area mental health facility that said Scott was competent to assist in her defense.

Robert Andrews, an assistant county prosecutor, and Scott's court-appointed lawyer, John B. Juhasz, agreed with the Aug. 30 report. In May, Judge Sweeney ruled that Scott was unable to help her own defense after two examinations showed she was incompetent.

Woman stabbed

Scott, 43, of Broadway Street, is accused of stabbing another woman a year ago. The attempted murder carries a penalty of three to 10 years in prison, and felonious assault carries a two- to eight-year term.

Scott was treated at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System near Cleveland, which specializes in mental illness treatment. Juhasz said Scott suffers from a bipolar mental condition and also has anxiety attacks.

Vast improvement

Juhasz told the judge that Scott is taking medication and her condition is vastly improved.

Judge Sweeney also agreed to a request from Juhasz to lower Scott's bond so she might get out of jail. She has people to live with and a sister from out of town who will monitor her regularly, Juhasz said.

Scott was being held on a $500,000 bond.

Over the prosecutor's objection, Judge Sweeney agreed to drop the bond to $50,000, with a $25,000 surety and 10 percent of that paid to be released. The lower bond will allow Scott to get out of jail and afford living expenses, Juhasz said.

Scott's proximity to her victim isn't an issue because the victim is in jail right now, records show.

Judge Sweeney also ordered Scott to report twice a week to Turning Point Counseling Center to ensure that she continues taking her medication. Juhasz also is to file reports to the court every 30 days on his client's condition.

rgsmith@vindy.com




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