Man found competent to stand trial in attempted murder case

Published 5:42 pm Monday, December 18, 2017

A Carter County man charged with multiple counts of attempted murder has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Jared Floyd, 22, of Elizabethton, appeared in Carter County Criminal Court on Friday. Floyd faces charges of four counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault (weapon), reckless endangerment (felony), evading arrest (risk of death), resisting arrest (weapon), domestic assault (fear), vandalism — $60,000 or more less than $250,000, vandalism — $1,000 or more less than $10,000, and vandalism — $500 or less.

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The charges against Floyd stem from an incident in January 2016 where Floyd is accused of driving his van into a city apartment building three times and attempting to run down a woman on the sidewalk.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Floyd following the incident, and he was later indicted by the Grand Jury.

Floyd had been scheduled to stand trial on those charges in October, but in August his attorneys — Nikki Himebaugh and Christopher Byrd — filed a motion in Carter County Criminal Court asking for the case to be postponed. In the motion, Byrd states they had been unable to contact Floyd or speak with him to prepare for the trial and that “information has been revealed to counsel raising a serious concern about the mental health and well-being” of Floyd.

Judge Stacy Street was set to hear that motion during a scheduled court appearance on August 22, but Floyd failed to appear for court that day and Street ordered a capias to issue for Floyd’s arrest. On September 12, deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Floyd, and he has remained held at the Carter County Detention Center since that time.

On September 21 Floyd’s attorneys filed a motion requesting the court to order a mental health evaluation for their client. Street granted the request and issued an order for Floyd to undergo a mental health evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial, his mental condition at the time of the alleged crime, any need for treatment, the possibility of diminished capacity, and to test IQ.

During Friday’s court appearance it was announced the evaluation had been completed and Floyd was found competent to stand trial.

Street scheduled Floyd to return to court on March 16, at which time a new trial date in the case will be set.

The charges against Floyd stem from an incident during the early morning hours on Jan. 28, 2016. On that day, at around 3:20 a.m., officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were called to the apartment building located at 327 S. Lynn Avenue after a 911 caller reported a vehicle had crashed into the building.

As officers began to arrive in the area, they saw a silver Dodge Caravan with front end damage and at least one flat tire driving in the area. EPD Police Chief Jason Shaw, who was a patrol captain at the time, began following the vehicle as it traveled around the area and then began returning to the apartment building. As Shaw watched, the driver, later identified as Floyd, accelerated and crashed into the building in the area of apartment number 3.

After that crash, a woman ran away from the apartment and, according to police, Floyd backed the van up and began chasing the woman in what appeared to be an attempt to run her over.

Officers were eventually able to remove Floyd from the vehicle and arrest him.

During the investigation into the incident, police learned Floyd had been drinking and had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, who is pregnant.

While speaking with officers following his arrest, police said Floyd admitted to intentionally ramming his vehicle into the apartment building where his girlfriend’s father lives because he thought his girlfriend was inside.