Judge rules Tell City man incompetent to stand trial

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Hagedorn's mental status will be reviewed later this year

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – A Tell City man charged last year with attempting to kill his father has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and will be treated at a state hospital before his case is reviewed this spring.

Special Judge William Weikert signed an order last week declaring Patrick C. Hagedorn lacks comprehension of the criminal charges facing him and is unable to assist in his own defense.

Weikert ordered Hagedorn to be committed to the state's Division of Mental Health and will be given a report within 90 days on the chances of Hagedorn attaining sufficient comprehension for the case against him to proceed.

If substantial probability of achieving competency is not found, Weikert wrote that he would order the Division of Mental Health to initiate commitment proceedings.

If substantial probability of future comprehension is found, Hagedorn will remain under state care for up to three more months before the case against him proceeds. If Hagedorn does not regain competency by then, commitment proceedings would follow.

Hagedorn faces two counts of attempted murder after allegedly crashing a pickup truck into the home of his father, Tell City attorney Michael Hagedorn, last spring and brandishing a loaded shotgun at him.  

The younger Hagedorn also faces charges of burglary, intimidation, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal mischief and pointing a loaded firearm. He had been held in the county jail since his arrest.

Officers found a loaded 20-gauge shotgun on the lawn outside the home but said no shots were fired. No one was injured.

Court documents allege Patrick Hagedorn contemplated killing his father the previous day. He allegedly told police he had thrown a shotgun alongside the road near his father's house and had parked his vehicle nearby. Special Prosecutor Jo Ann Krantz of Warrick County is representing the state.

Hagedorn is defended by Jasper attorney Gerald Thom.