Homicide Defendant Continues to Refuse Mental Competency Exam

A homicide defendant continued to refuse to take a mental competency exam on Jan. 24, leaving the prosecution to question his intentions.

Joseph Melton, 54, is being accused of allegedly murdering Kevin Chamberlain, 48, and stabbing another victim on Jan. 14, 2020, on the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue, NW and the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW. Melton is charged with first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or business, and possession of prohibited weapon.

This is the fifth straight occurrence in which Felton has refused to take a mental exam. 

He said he has immunity, but the prosecution said he is intentionally evading court proceedings. 

DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun agreed with the prosecution, although defense attorney Thomas Healy said he has concerns about Felton’s competency.

Judge Okun scheduled another mental observation hearing in 45 days, saying he feels there will not be much change in Felton’s position. 

The trial is scheduled for April 24.

Parties are scheduled to return to court on March 10 for another mental observation hearing. 

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