LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Almost two years after a fatal stabbing at Good Shepherd Medical Center, a state judge says he anticipates setting a trial date this spring for the suspect.
Kyron Rayshawn Templeton, 24, of Longview, is accused of on Nov. 26, 2013, at the hospital's Ambulatory Surgical Center. Two of the victims died from their injuries.
Templeton faces capital murder and aggravated assault charges. In October, his attorneys, Kevin Settle and Jason Cassel, filed a notice with the 124th District Court that they intend to raise an insanity defense for Templeton.
Tuesday morning, 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles held a hearing for a status update. Settle and Cassel said they wanted to request a scheduling order for trial and pre-trial dates, and also discuss a psychological evaluation of Templeton, including what psychiatrist would conduct the evaluation.
Prosecutors and Templeton's attorneys have yet to agree on a psychiatrist to perform the evaluation. Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Stacey Brownlee says she's also waiting on DNA lab testing results from the Texas Department of Public Safety. She says District Attorney Carl Dorrough is working on a motion to seek a psychological evaluation of Templeton.
"I also think Mr. Dorrough is speaking with some psychiatrists or psychologists, and I think that that is something we should probably sit down and work out. It's certainly not something we're prepared to do here today yet, but it is in the works," Brownlee said. "As far as DPS testing, I did call them. However, they won't give a time frame of any time, or check and make sure that the testing is in the process and the items have been submitted. Other than that, there is no time frame given. I do believe we should be getting close to the front, based on some other cases that we have and how they have come back in the time frame that they've come back in, but there's just no way to predict."
The judge responded that he understands the delays, but that he's ready to get Templeton's case scheduled on his trial docket.
"So, I'm going to ask the state, when it gets its expert, and figures out who it wants to do the evaluation on Mr. Templeton, let the defense know, and then see if y'all can work out the parameters," Charles said, "and if you can't, and let's come back before the court, and then I'm going to ask the parties to work with our court coordinator, and we look at some possible trial dates in the spring."
Both sides agreed with the judge's order.
"That will give us time to do any pre-trial hearings, if they're justified," Settle said.
Templeton has been held in the Gregg County Jail since the day of the stabbing. His bond is set at $2.5 million. Attorneys have been placed on a gag order in the case.