Mental evaluation OK’d for robbery defendant

Micah John Macbeth

WINCHESTER — The attorney for a Stephens City man charged with robbing an area 7-Eleven requested a mental examination for his client in Frederick County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Micah John Macbeth, 19, was arrested in connection with the robbery that occurred on Aug. 5, 2016,  at the convenience store on Aylor Road.

Macbeth’s defense attorney, J. David Black, originally planned to schedule the case for trial. But after conferring with Macbeth, he requested the court evaluate his client’s mental competency at the time of the incident.

In response, Frederick County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heather Enloe said she would not object to the motion.

“If it needs to be done, let’s do it quickly,” she said.

Circuit Judge Neil R. Bryant approved the evaluation.

“We’ll set a date for a return of a competency evaluation for mental state at the time of the offense,” he said.

Macbeth is scheduled to appear in Frederick County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. March 9 for results of his evaluation.

In connection with the robbery, Macbeth has also been charged with the destruction of property, the grand larceny of a vehicle and driving with a revoked or suspended license.

The case began with a call to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department about the robbery at roughly 1:30 a.m. Aug. 5. A store employee said a man had entered the store, displayed a tomahawk and demanded money.

The suspect then left with an unspecified amount of money.

While investigating the robbery, employees at a nearby Martin’s grocery store reported a suspicious person in the building. Authorities then detained the man, who turned out to be Macbeth, who was also a suspect in the case of a vehicle stolen from the 200 block of Frederick Town Drive.

He was later indicted on the charges on Nov. 10, 2016.

Macbeth is being held without bail at the Northwest Adult Regional Detention Center.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com