Competency evaluation ordered for New Fairfield murder suspect
DANBURY — A competency evaluation was ordered Friday for Steven Flood, a New Fairfield man facing murder charges in connection to the gruesome slaying of his roommate in May.
Flood is facing several charges, including felony murder and first-degree sexual assault, in the death of Susan Guido, a 55-year-old woman who was found beaten to death in a home she shared with Flood near Candlewood Lake.
According to court records, Flood was receiving disability payments at the time of the slaying and he had been suffering from both post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.
In Superior Court Friday, J. Patten Brown, an attorney representing Flood, requested the competency evaluation based in part on Flood’s medical records and conversations he’s had with his client.
Prosecutors didn’t object to the request.
Flood was arrested several days after the May 1 murder and admitted to investigators that he was drinking that day when he got into an argument with Guido about finances, court records show.
The two had met months earlier while they were staying separately at a local hotel. They decided to pool their resources and rent out a home together., according to Flood’s arrest warrant affidavit.
While they were not physically involved, Guido told her friends that Flood had become sexually aggressive and that she had to restrain him on several occasions.
Flood told police that he became enraged during the May argument and swung at Guido, forcing her to the floor. He then stomped on her head several times before sexually assaulting her, according to court documents.
“Everything came out of my head and I just lost it,” Flood told police, according to the warrant. “It was at that point I felt that I needed to humiliate her in life and death. I knew that she was dead, as I witnessed her taking her last breath.”
Flood was found by police several days after the murder camping in woods near the Massachusetts border, still wearing the same bloody socks he wore during the attack, police said. Flood told police that he felt ashamed and was hoping to purchase some heroin and overdose on the drug.
Flood is expected to appear again in court on Nov. 8.