Judge: Defendant was mentally ill

Timothy Ahrens Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER (TNS) — A Payne County Judge ruled Tuesday that a man charged with stabbing two men in Cushing in 2016 was mentally ill and insane at the time, according to the Oklahoma State Courts Network website.

Joel Otto Walker, 53, is not to be discharged from custody pending an examination at the Oklahoma Forensic Center and a hearing following that examination. Walker, who was charged with maiming, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of threatening an act of violence, will appear for a status review Nov. 19.

Walker was charged in a 2015 domestic assault case and his attorney, Royce Hobbs, requested a competency evaluation once he began representing him. According to several reports of the evaluations’ findings, Walker believed “the government has been using remote neural monitoring on him and can read his thoughts as well as plant voices in his head;” that “he thinks he is in a snuff film and being monitored by radio waves;” that he experienced auditory and visual hallucinations constantly “like today, I seen a man in a boat;” as well as other reports of behavior.

During an evaluation at Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center in Stillwater — which occurred shortly after being accused of the stabbings in Cushing in October 2016 — Walker was described as meeting the requirements to need treatment for his mental state and was categories as “dangerous,” and shortly after began to receive treatment. A follow-up evaluation at the Oklahoma Forensic Center determined Walker’s psychiatric treatment caused him to no longer show “any substantial symptoms or signs of mental illness” and became capable of assisting counsel in his defense.

Walker was arrested Oct. 3 after kicking open a door and attacking the owner of Beasley Technology in Cushing, slashing another employee across the face when the man attempted to pull Walker off the owner. Walker reportedly yelled everyone was going to die during the attack, made anti-Semitic marks toward the owner and threatened officers throughout his encounter with them. He also was reported as saying he had to “kill them and skin them” and that Beasley Technology was part of a conspiracy to slander his name, and by Oklahoma law he is able to kill anyone who slanders him.