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Two chosen to examine Krause

In April, psychologist Shawn Johnston, though selected by the prosecutor, testified that Scott Krause was probably not competent to stand trial for murder.

Now, Johnston has been brought back into the high-profile case. He is one of two mental-health professionals asked to determine over the next three months if Krause was insane on Jan. 6, when he allegedly carjacked a box truck and rammed it into a delivery van in the Brunswick Basin, killing UPS driver Drew Reynolds.

District Attorney Michael Ferguson and Public Defender Gary Gordon selected two psychologists Monday to evaluate Krause’s mental condition on the evening of his alleged crimes.



This time around, Johnston was chosen by the public defender. Ferguson selected J. Reid Meloy of San Diego. Meloy was one of the doctors selected in 2003 to determine the competency of western Nevada County murder suspect Scott Thorpe.

Aside from murder and carjacking, Krause is charged with burglary and battery for alleged crimes that led up to and followed the crash, and he faces several probation violation charges from previous misdemeanor cases.




He entered pleas of innocent and “not guilty by reason of insanity” to the crimes in July.

During Krause’s competency hearing in April, Johnston and another psychologist testified Krause told them he was fleeing imagined monsters when the fatal crash occurred. They also said Krause was using methamphetamine regularly before the crash and was exhibiting signs of delusion and a thought disorder.

Both came to the same conclusions about Krause’s mental state, but Johnston said Krause was most likely not competent to stand trial, while the other doctor said Krause was probably competent.

“I think (the psychologists) will need three months to digest this information and interview (Krause),” Ferguson said in court Monday.

Krause is next scheduled to be in court Oct. 29, when the two doctors will present their conclusions. After that, the case will be scheduled for trial.

WHAT’S NEXT

Murder suspect Scott Krause will next appear in court Oct. 29, when psychologists will report to the judge on whether Krause was insane at the time of his alleged crimes. A trial likely will be scheduled after that conference.


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