Father of Jeffersonville man accused of trying to kill him says son 'mentally ill'
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Nearly a week after he was arrested, a southern Indiana man who told police he tried to kill his father with a knife was in court Thursday morning.
Police say 36-year-old Chad Castleberry admitted he tried to kill his father when he was arrested June 22.
He admitted the same thing on his way into his first appearance. When Castleberry was asked if he tried to kill his dad, he replied: "Uh, yeah.”
Castleberry is accused of cutting his father’s neck and hands with a knife. Police say the incident started with a fight when Castleberry was asked to clean up after himself. That's when he allegedly attacked his father from behind, trying to cut his neck and throat.
His father is recovering, but was in court for his son's hearing.
He didn’t want to go on camera but says his son is “mentally ill and needs medication and hospitalization, not time in jail."
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says that will be up to the court to decide.
“Ultimately, we have to make a determination that he’s competent to stand trial -- that is that he understands what’s going on, and that he can assist his defense counsel," Mull said. "So that’s the first issue that we need to address.”
The court will start that process with a mental health evaluation.
Castleberry pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
The judge ordered Castleberry to continue taking his medication while he is in jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He's also to have no contact with his father.
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