New Haven man declared incompetent to stand trial

A New Haven man was back in court Friday morning for a competency hearing related to the November 2017 murder of his mother.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 12:09 PM
Updated: Jul. 7, 2018 2:25 PM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- A New Haven man was back in court Friday morning for a competency hearing related to the November 2017 murder of his mother. 

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Chad Ingram is facing a murder charge in the death of Heidi Colley. 

Two psychologists testified in court Friday after assessing Ingram's mental state in March. One doctor stated that Ingram did not give consent to proceed with the testing, and that he was not cooperative. 

Ingram's attorney said in court Ingram is suffering from a delusional disorder and shows signs of Bipolar 1. 

Dr. Kevin Wieland took the stand and said he was able to conduct an assessment. In his opinion, Ingram is not competent, but competency could be restored with proper medication. 

Wieland said Ingram was manic and delusional during the March 2nd meeting. 

"He described a belief system and what he referred to as 'portal kids,' and 'puppet characters,' and a deity-like character called, 'grandfather,' which were all determined to be delusional in nature," he said. 

Dr. Wieland said Ingram maintained this thought process for a full hour. 

Back in November, Ingram's neighbors described him as, "eccentric." 

"One time you'd see him, he'd be in a business suit walking down the road, and the next time he'd be all painted up and carrying this great, big saw and this bucket."

Ingram went through competency evaluations in 2005 and 2008, and according to Wieland, was cooperative in 2005. 

Judge Gull said in court she plans to review a case from 2008 in which Ingram was able to stand trial. 

Wieland told FOX 55 he expects the court will order Ingram to be on medication to restore competency. 

Ingram's trial was originally set for September, but after Friday's court hearing, it's unclear if that will still happen. 

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