Two men charged with separate violent crimes – one accused of threatening to torture relatives with a machete before driving the family pickup truck off a cliff and the other accused of trying to kill a cop by repeatedly ramming the police officer’s motorcycle – have been found fit to stand trial after their mental states were called into question.
Philip Scott Newlyn, 28, of Elk Grove near Sacramento, who was awarded a Purple Heart medal in 2009 for pulling his fellow soldier from a burning Humvee, was arrested a year ago and stands accused of trying to kill a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer by ramming him repeatedly with a truck.
In February, Sean McClelland, 46, of Newhall, was ordered to continue his mental assessment for the next six months and return to court Aug. 2 for a “status update” on his continued assessment, Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told The Signal at the time.
On Wednesday, McClelland appeared in San Fernando Superior Court where the mental competency findings presented to the court indicated he was fit to proceed to trial, Santiago said Thursday.
Newlyn, who appeared in court Friday, was also found fit to stand trial, Santiago said. He had been sent to the Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino for psychological assessment.
On the morning of Aug. 17, 2016, a veteran officer of the Los Angeles Police Department – with 12 years of motorcycle experience – was injured and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital after being struck several times by a white full-size pickup truck, investigators said at the time.
Later that day CHP officers arrested former Air Force…
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