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Sanity test requested in shooting of 2

July 24, 2018 GMT

A Fort Wayne man might have been insane when he allegedly broke into a home, attacked two women with a hammer and then shot them in April, according to court documents.

Raymond O. Demby, 52, faces several felony charges including attempted murder, burglary with serious bodily injury, aggravated battery resulting in loss or impairment of a bodily function, domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon and invasion of privacy. Police say he broke into a home about 4 a.m. April 25 and attacked the woman : Demby’s ex-girlfriend : and her 18-year-old daughter.

Defense attorney William Lebrato filed a notice of defense of mental disease and defect in Allen Superior Court on July 12. A separate filing seeks court-appointed experts “to report to this court concerning his sanity at the time of the alleged offense.”

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A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Demby was arrested after allegedly leaving the scene in a Pontiac Aztec taken from the home. Police tried to stop him, but he crashed the vehicle at 1400 S. Harrison St., court documents say.

He also is charged with auto theft.

The women awoke to glass breaking when Demby broke through a rear window at the home to unlock a deadbolt, a probable cause affidavit states. He threw the older woman to the floor and hit her with the hammer, the affidavit alleges.

Investigators said the two women forced him onto a porch, where the mother was shot. The daughter ran to help her mother and she was struck in the legs by gunshots, court documents say.

Demby fled, and police found him in the Aztec with blood on his hands and a black handgun on the floor of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

A hammer and an empty gun holster were found inside the home, police said.

Court documents do not indicate a motive for the alleged attack. 

mleblanc@jg.net