Akron -- An Abrams Drive man accused of aggravated murder in the February stabbing death of his wife at their suburban home has asked Summit County Court of Common Pleas to deny the prosecution's request for a third, independent sanity evaluation.
Glenn Wong, 51, changed his plea Oct. 24 from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity following the conflicting results of two separate, defense-requested competency evaluations.
An initial evaluation, requested by defense attorney Brian Pierce April 25 and performed by Dr. Lynn Luna Jones of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas' psycho diagnostic clinic, deemed that Wong "appreciated the wrongfulness of his conduct at the time of the alleged offense." Pierce disputed the initial evaluation's findings July 12 and requested a second evaluation, to be performed by Cleveland-based clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. John M. Fabian.
"[Fabian] opined that the defendant was suffering from a serious mental disease or defect that may have affected his ability to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct," Pierce states in a Nov. 6 response to the state's request for a third sanity evaluation, filed Oct. 29 by Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Thomas Kroll.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher has yet to rule on the state's request that Wong be evaluated a third time by a clinician of the state's choosing.
"It is evident that [the] defendant seeks to put his mental [state] at the time of these crimes at issue in the trial," according to the state's Oct. 29 motion. "If this court allows the testimony of an expert or any other evidence related to defendant's state of mind and culpability, the state respectfully asks this court to order an independent evaluation ... by a psychiatrist or psychologist of the state's choosing.
"It is clear that the purpose of defendant's request for an expert is to present evidence that defendant did not appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct in this case."
But Pierce argues in his Nov. 6 response that the state already has expert testimony favorable to its case -- the original opinion of Luna Jones.
"If the state wishes to contest Dr. Fabian's opinion at trial they can rely on the opinion of Dr. Luna Jones ... a third evaluation is unnecessary as both the state and the defense each have an expert who has formed an opinion consistent with their respective theories of the case," Pierce states.
A trial date for Wong has been set for March 24, 2014, with a final pretrial set for March 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Wong pleaded not guilty March 29 in the stabbing death of Tami Mitchell Wong, 46, to one count of aggravated murder, a special felony; one count of murder, a special felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
He remains in Summit County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.