New mental health evaluation ordered for man accused of threats

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WALLA WALLA — A second mental health evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of threatening to kill local officials in May.

Francisco C. Delarosa, 53, of 1029 W. Willow St., is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with six counts of felony harassment.

The first evaluation, conducted for the defense by clinical psychologist Philip Barnard of Richland, concluded that Delarosa suffers from a mental disease or defect, is dangerous, not mentally competent and was criminally insane when the alleged crimes occurred.

Therefore, Delarosa’s attorney, Jerry Makus, asked that the criminal charges be dismissed.

But Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King wants a second opinion, an evaluation by an expert at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake. She also argued in a motion that no attempt has been made to restore Delarosa’s competency.

Judge Scott Wolfram signed the order for the second evaluation Monday following a hearing on the matter earlier in the day. The first evaluation cost $3,000.

At the hearing, Delarosa was incoherent, rambling about things such as space movies.

According to officials, he had frequently called a police officer for about the past year, but most of the calls were benign and ignored.

However on the morning of May 21, Delarosa allegedly left a message threatening to shoot Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle, a Walla Walla police officer and a relative of his.

“(Delarosa) ends the threat by saying, ‘Don’t come arrest me or I will shoot you!,’” according to a police report filed in court.

He also is accused of threatening to kill the officer he had been calling, in addition to retired Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht.

Delarosa was arrested at his residence the afternoon of May 21 and booked into the County Jail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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