WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio— A clinical neuro-psychologist and the judge overseeing the case of Rodney Stutzman have ruled that a Navarre man is not competent to stand trial for the murder of his parents.
An entry made Monday in Stutzman's court docket by Judge Corey E. Spitler says that the 31-year-old will be hospitalized at the Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Unit (of the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Psychiatric Hospital), and undergo treatment to restore and maintain his competency to stand trial.
Hospitals and Clinics Stutzman is charged with the January 2011 aggravated murders of his parents Mervin and Viola. The couple, in their mid-60's, was found shot to death in mid-January in their Amish country farmhouse in Navarre.
At the time of the crimes, Sheriff Thomas G. Maurer told Fox 8 News, "We found a gruesome scene in the basement of the home."
Authorities initiated their investigation after receiving a call from the couple's older son, Gary Stutzman, who lives in Indiana, asking the sheriff's department to check on his parents, whom he had not spoken to in days.
When deputies arrived at the home, they found the couple murdered. It is not known how long the couple had been deceased.
"Rodney came back, even before he left, he wanted to do what he wanted to do, and do it his way," said neighbor Clarence Steiner, adding Rodney would bring violent and sexually explicit videos into his parents' home.
"He was watching movies. He was doing things that mom and dad would not tolerate. And as being the head of the house, Mervin had to set his foot down, and say 'Hey, you will not do this here," Clarence said.
Rodney was arrested near Beckley, West Virginia, days after fleeing the family's home.
In addition to the aggravated murder charges Stutzman faces charges of aggravated burglary, gross abuse of a corpse, grand theft of credit cards and a motor vehicle.