Springfield man accused of assaulting wife competent to stand trial

A Springfield man accused of slicing his wife’s throat was declared competent to stand trial.

Raymond Roberts, 42, is facing charges of attempted murder and felonious assault in Clark County Common Pleas Court. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges. Along with the plea of insanity, the defense team filed a suggestion of incompetency to stand trial, according to online records.

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Roberts is accused of attacking his wife in September when he allegedly slit her throat, causing her serious harm.

The assault reportedly took place at a home on Quwood Road in Springfield Twp., according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. When investigators searched the home, they focused their investigation on the garage where they found a knife, pools of blood and five empty pill bottles.

The victim was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center after the incident, before being transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. An affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court says she was taken directly into surgery, and is expected to have a long recovery.

Her family confirmed to the News-Sun that the woman was badly injured during the incident.

After the woman was stabbed, she drove herself to Mayberry’s Mini Mart on U.S. 68, according to Clark County Sheriff’s deputies. Roberts then followed the victim to the gas station and rammed her car before fleeing the scene, deputies said.

A state-wide search was started by law enforcement to find Roberts and the officials warned residents to be on the lookout for him. Roberts was eventually arrested near his home a couple days later.

He was eventually indicted on the two felonies in Clark County Common Pleas Court. A divorce request has also been filed in the county court system.

According to the online records, Roberts was ordered to appear for an examination earlier this month to determine whether he was competent to stand trial.

Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas Rastatter ruled on Jan. 18 that he was. Roberts is due back in court on Jan. 31 for a pre-trial hearing and a jury trial is set for March 11 in the case.

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