Suspect asks family to attend his latest hearing
Kent Thorpe listened and pondered.
His brother, accused triple murderer Scott Thorpe, has vastly improved since getting treatment in state mental hospitals, doctors testified in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday. Delusions linger, but he can communicate clearly, thanks to therapy and antipsychotic drugs.
Kent Thorpe tries not to second-guess.
On the night of Jan. 10, 2001, Kent Thorpe, then a Sacramento police sergeant, helped negotiate his brother’s surrender. He later claimed he had tried for months to get through to the county Department of Behavioral Health Services, where his brother was a client. He wanted to share his concerns, but got nowhere, he said then.
Now newly retired, he was hearing about his brother’s mental health rebound – the type of help he says he tried to get for his brother before Jan. 10, 2001.
“That part kind of hit home,” Thorpe said. “Anyway, I’m not saying that would’ve changed anything.”
“You can’t help but wonder,” said his wife, Sharon, standing close to his side.
It was the couple’s first time watching Scott Thorpe in court. They’ve been to Nevada County numerous times, but for visits to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.
They had never watched Scott Thorpe shuffle alongside bailiffs and sit in a courtroom.
“Scott wanted us to be here,” Sharon Thorpe said.
Their most recent visit was last week, and they saw and heard the man described in court.
His conspiracy theories persist. But, Kent Thorpe said, “You can talk to him about camping, baseball or fixing a lawn mower, and he’s OK there.”
Scott Thorpe wasn’t in court to hear Judge Ersel Edwards’ ruling that his competency has been restored and he will once again face murder charges. Uncomfortable with his first court appearance in more than 18 months, he left with the judge’s permission.
“I don’t think he’ll be upset,” Kent Thorpe said. “He knew this was a step in the process.”
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