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CROWN POINT — An attorney for a Gary man charged with beating his roommate to death said she plans to request an independent evaluation for him because of his history of mental illness.

Craig Withrow, 28, was charged with murder on allegations he beat his roommate David Carte 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 hearing Friday that Withrow has been pursuing mental health treatment since age 18.

"He clearly has a number of mental health issues," Perkins said.

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, bed and table leg, records state.

Police found several pools of blood and noticed the carpet was soaked in a circular pattern, records say.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.