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Judge orders competency test for man accused of rape

Mike Haymond

FRONT ROYAL – A man charged with committing sex crimes against two children must undergo evaluations to determine his competency to aid in his own defense and his mental state at the time of the alleged offenses.

Mike Edward Haymond, 57, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday for a scheduled bond hearing. Haymond remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on two counts of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy against victims under 13 years old.

Haymond’s attorney David Crump appeared with his client and asked Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. to grant a motion for competency hearings for the defendant. Crump said he had filed other motions but wanted to suspend those pending the competency evaluations. Crump said he came to the decision to ask for the evaluation after speaking to Haymond’s family members.

Athey granted the motion to order Haymond to undergo evaluations both for the defendant’s competency at the time of the alleged incidents and to assist in his defense. Athey ordered the filing of the competency evaluation results no later than May 24 and then scheduled the review hearing for June 4.

West Virginia authorities arrested Haymond on Nov. 30 and extradited him to Front Royal. Criminal complaints filed in the case indicate that Haymond assaulted two girls, ages 9 and 11, numerous times over several years. The alleged victims spoke to investigators in forensic interviews conducted Oct. 27 and Nov. 6. The criminal complaints note that Haymond did not pass a polygraph test conducted Nov. 8 in reference to the allegations involving one of the victims. A criminal complaint notes that allegations of similar crimes against Haymond go back as far as 1999.

Each charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.

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