Union-Bulletin Court Report

DAYTON — A local man accused of beating a woman with a candlestick holder likely will not provide an insanity defense, according to Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack.

William H. Fletcher, 38, of Dayton was charged with first-degree assault after he allegedly attacked a woman while helping her with her laundry on Jan. 7. He has been in the Columbia County Jail since his arrest. His bail was set at $100,000.

Slack said the defense received a continuance to June 5 in court Wednesday after receiving an expert’s report on Fletcher’s mental status, the results of which have prompted Slack to predict that insanity will not be used in the man’s defense.

Fletcher’s trial date will be set at that June 5 hearing, Slack said.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on West Patit Avenue and found Fletcher leaning against a fence and the injured woman inside her home. Fletcher appeared groggy and had blood around his mouth, court records stated. He told deputies he’d had a seizure.

The woman’s face was bleeding, and she told paramedics Fletcher had attacked her with a candlestick holder after having or faking a seizure.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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