CROWN POINT — An attorney for a Gary man accused of beating his roommate to death requested a third mental evaluation for him because two previous doctors reached conflicting decisions.
Craig Withrow, 29, laughed and smiled as he sat in the courtroom, waiting for his hearing Friday.
Withrow was charged with murder in January after his roommate David Carte was beaten to death Jan. 26 inside their apartment at an assisted living facility in the 4900 block of Melton Road in Gary's Miller section.
Withrow's attorney, Jamise Perkins, told Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell during a previous hearing that Withrow has been pursuing mental health treatment since age 18.
Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Judith Massa said she did not object to another evaluation. Boswell ordered the third evaluation to be completed before Withrow's next court date July 12.
Withrow, who had no shirt on and was covered in blood when police arrived at his apartment building, told a detective he argued with Carte and became angry when Carte called him a profane name, court records say.
Withrow claimed Carte swung on him, and he struck Carte numerous times in the face and hit Carte's head on the floor, a bed and a table leg, records state.
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