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Judge says Elyria man accused of biting off part of trooper’s ear unfit for trial at this time

March 9, 2018 GMT

Judge says Elyria man accused of biting off part of trooper’s ear unfit for trial at this time

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A Lorain County judge ordered mental-health treatment for a man accused of biting off part of a State Highway Patrol trooper’s ear in an effort to make him fit to stand trial sometime in the next year.

Judge Raymond Ewers ruled Wednesday that Cornelius L. Carey Jr. is not competent to stand trial at this time. But the judge determined there is a “substantial probability” that treatment could improve Carey’s condition, according to court records.

Ewers ordered him committed to Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare for treatment.

Doctors at District V Forensic Diagnostic Center assessed Carey, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the case, court records say.

Ewers scheduled a Sept. 5 hearing to get an update on Carey’s condition, court records say.

Carey’s defense attorney, Jack W. Bradley, was not immediately available for comment Friday morning. Bradley said in court records that Carey has “always had mental issues and [is] on disability for mental issues.”

Carey, 44, is charged with felonious assault, kidnapping, obstructing official business and resisting arrest in the case.

He is accused of biting off part of Trooper Lance Deshuk’s ear during a Jan. 11 scuffle in LaGrange Township.

A woman called 911 just after 7:15 a.m. to report that Carey appeared drunk while wandering in the middle of the road. The woman was concerned Carey may be hit by a car, the Highway Patrol said.

Deshuk found Carey, who became agitated and struck Deshuk in the face, the Highway Patrol said.

Two more 911 callers reported Carey and Deshuk wrestling in the middle of the road. Carey put Deshuk in a choke hold, according to recordings of the 911 calls.

Carey bit off part of Deshuk’s ear before the trooper handcuffed Carey, the Highway Patrol said.

Deshuk underwent surgery at a local hospital following the incident, the Highway Patrol said.

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