Apr. 16, 2012
COVINGTON — Leslie Haun told a state psychiatrist that he isn’t convinced the man he is accused of beating to death with an aluminum bat and table leg is actually dead.
Why the doubt? Haun thinks the dead man has since visited him in jail.
That was Dr. Timothy Allen’s testimony during Haun’s competency hearing Monday in Kenton Circuit Court. Judge Patricia Summe did not immediately rule on whether Haun is competent to stand trial.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Redwine urged the judge to find the 48-year-old Haun competent.
“Perhaps in the course of a trial we will prove beyond a reasonable doubt – not only to a jury but to him as well – that he did in fact kill somebody,” Redwine said.
Public defender Eva Hager argued that a defendant who thinks the person they charged with killing visited them in jail can’t possibly participate in their own defense.
Allen said Haun can function in society when he is on medication. Haun has an IQ of 111; the average range is 85 to 115.
“He is a bright individual,” Allen said. “No concern about his cognitive function related to the court process.”
It is when Haun is off his medication when he hears voices, Allen said. There have been times Haun has delusions of various entities, often of the demonic type, chasing after him. Haun once told a judge he led police on a 50-mile chase in a stolen car because “Jesus provided the car for him to escape the demons that were chasing him.”
Another time Haun told authorities his name was “Sabo.” When a judge questioned the name, Haun told him, “That’s what they call me in the third dimension.”
Allen said the staff at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange had worked with Haun over the years. A state mental evaluation in October diagnosed Haun with schizoaffective disorder, a condition that caused symptoms of schizophrenia such as hallucinations or delusions and symptoms of mood disorders, such as mania or depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Haun is charged with murder for the killing of 54-year-old Shain Pierce last September in Covington. Pierce let Haun stay at his apartment after he was kicked out of a drug and alcohol treatment facility. The two men had met at Alcoholics Anonymous.
Investigators say Pierce returned to his apartment after having a toe amputated to Haun drinking alcohol. When Pierce ordered Haun to leave, there was a struggle.
The trial in the killing of Pierce was set for June 5, but that date is in jeopardy because the state crime lab hasn’t completed DNA testing on the murder weapon. Haun’s son, 22-year-old Robert Haun, is accused of trying to throw the bat and table leg used in the beating down a sewer. Investigators were able to find the bat but could not find the table leg, according to court records.
The son is charged with tampering with physical evidence and is set to be tried with his father.