Judge OKs forced medication on hotel murder defendant found incompetent

A man charged with killing a hotel clerk in Fairborn in March will be forced to take medication in order to stand trial.

That’s according to the ruling by Greene County Common Pleas Judge Stephen Wolaver in the case against 25-year-old Michael D. McLendon.

McLendon was ruled incompetent to stand trial, but restorative, providing that he take medication that doctors have prescribed, according to court records.

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McLendon stands accused of fatally shooting Andy Day during an attempted robbery March 7 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Fairborn.

McLendon is charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.

McLendon was found incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness, but restorative, meaning he can be competent if he takes his medication.

McLendon is in custody and receiving treatment at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, but he has refused to take his medication, according to court records.

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Wolaver this week authorized a “forced psychotropic medications” order, which will enable McLendon’s caretakers to force him to take the medication if he continues to refuse, according to court records.

McLendon must be found competent within one year before he can be tried for Day’s murder, according to court officials.

Two others have been indicted for murder in the case — DiSean Kendall Graham, 21, is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping; Morgan W. Klink, 25, is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

Graham and Klink pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month. Their trials are scheduled to start separately in November.

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