A Pierce County judge Tuesday ordered the man accused of stabbing Jacob Glenn to death outside a Fox Island grocery store to undergo a mental evaluation at Western State Hospital.
The attorney representing Jason Madron, 31, told Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson that he has qualms about his client’s mental ability to stand trial for first-degree murder.
“It’s 50-50,” defense attorney John Meske said. “Often times he doesn’t have a simple understanding with me, and other times he does.”
Deputy prosecutor Michelle Hyer did not object to Madron being sent to the state’s psychiatric hospital near Lakewood for an evaluation. It will be up to Cuthbertson to decide, after the evaluation is completed, whether Mardon is competent to go to trial.
Madron is accused of killing Glenn either late Nov. 20 or early Nov. 21 in the parking lot of the Fox Island Grocery and Deli.
Prosecutors contend Madron and another man, Nevada Pettes, intended to rob Glenn. A struggle ensued, and Madron stabbed Glenn, court records show.
Glenn, 23, died at the scene. A customer who stopped at the store to buy gas discovered his body the morning of Nov. 21.
Both Madron and Pettes have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Madron is jailed in lieu of $2 million bail, Pettes in lieu of $1 million.