Mont. man says he doesn't want psych evaluationsBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Montana man who told investigators that a dream led him to kidnap and kill a man in North Dakota says he will not cooperate with psychological or psychiatric evaluations.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Montana man who told investigators that a dream led him to kidnap and kill a man in North Dakota says he will not cooperate with psychological or psychiatric evaluations.
John Bridges, 42, of Missoula, Mont., pleaded guilty last week to felony murder and kidnapping charges in the death of Lee Edward Clay, 40. Clay was found dead in a van that crashed in a ditch off Interstate 94 on July 6. An officer became suspicious that Clay's injuries didn't match the severity of the crash.
Bridges eventually acknowledged to investigators that he killed Clay and planned to kill another man based on a dream.
Following Bridges’ guilty plea, South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland ordered Bridges to undergo psychiatric and psychological evaluations as part of a pre-sentence investigation.
Bridges did not protest the order at the time but later wrote two letters to Feland arguing against the evaluations.
“I must advise you that I DO NOT want, and will not participate in, a psychiatric evaluation,” Bridges wrote in the first letter. “I have clearly demonstrated that I'm fully aware of the charges, and the penalty they carry. So, I'm asking you to drop the psychiatric evaluation and proceed with sentencing in a timely manner.”
Feland has not responded to Bridges’ request. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5.