Brookfield man who faked mental illness competent to stand trial in shooting


Staff report

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A man who told police he shot his girlfriend Feb. 22 at their home on Ulp Street in Brookfield because he was jealous pretended to have symptoms of psychosis but is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Chris Becker, assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said Marvin Jules, 34, was “malingering,” meaning faking an illness, while being evaluated by a doctor with the Forensic Psychiatric Center in Austintown.

The evaluation was conducted to determine whether Jules is able to understand the proceedings against him and aid in his defense. Judge W. Wyatt McKay ruled Wednesday Jules can aid in his defense.

The result is that the criminal case against Jules will move forward with another pretrial hearing Nov. 23.

Jules cried and moaned into a cellphone while telling a 911 operator Feb. 22 he “shot my lover.” He is charged with felonious assault, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, he could get 30 years in prison.

Jules lived with Lynda Campbell, 54, at their Ulp Street residence about four years, a neighbor said. Jules told the dispatcher he shot Campbell because he was jealous and said he was sorry and, “I’m crazy, man.”

Campbell suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the 10:04 a.m. incident but survived. Jules, who neighbors said originally is from New York, walked from the Ulp Street residence to the nearby Orange Village nursing home after the shooting and walked inside.

Jules could be heard telling someone inside the facility, “The cops are coming. I shot somebody.” He was taken into custody without incident.

Jules had been convicted of several criminal offenses in Sharon, Pa., between 2008 and 2011, according to court records.

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