[Hpn] Trial set in X-Acto holdup, Suspect in bridal shop case competent

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            Over objections from defense attorneys, a judge has found a =
man competent to stand trial on charges of holding up a downtown bridal =
shop with an X-Acto knife and demanding sex from the female staff=20

            Robert Clayton, 35, suffers from a low IQ and memory =
problems, but he is not mentally retarded and can assist with his own =
defense, ruled Superior Court Judge Jean Burling. She said the court can =
accommodate Clayton's deficiencies at trial by giving him and his =
attorneys extra time to discuss evidence and proceedings.=20

            Clayton is scheduled to stand trial in Merrimack County =
Superior Court in September on 18 charges, many of them felonies, for =
assault, kidnapping, criminal restraint, robbery and attempted sexual =
assault. If convicted of all the charges, Clayton faces numerous years =
in prison.=20

            The case has taken longer than most because of the =
competency questions.=20

            Clayton was arrested almost 1=BD years ago, after he was =
accused of confronting three female employees at the Ever After Bridal =
Shop on Main Street with a knife and demanding money and sexual acts =
from them. Clayton ordered the women into a back room at knifepoint, =
where he forced them onto their knees and told them his cell phone was a =
bomb, according to court records.=20


            He said he would not release anyone until they had all given =
him money and performed sex acts on him, the court records said. The =
women, instead, got to their feet and wrestled the knife from Clayton. =
Clayton fled on foot and was arrested an hour later off Mountain Road by =
the Concord police.=20
            Clayton's public defenders raised questions about his =
competency shortly after he was charged. Two psychiatrists examined =
Clayton last year, and both concluded that he was competent to stand =
trial. They also acknowledged that Clayton has a limited IQ and memory =
problems. At least one of the experts also noted that Clayton had a long =
criminal record and had been found competent to stand trial by other =
courts.=20

            Clayton's criminal history, which dates back to his school =
days in Vermont, includes arrests for arson, burglary and grand larceny, =
assault and felony trespass. He has been hospitalized several times and =
has received psychological and psychiatric evaluations in the past, =
according to court records.=20

            He's been under the care of a guardian in the past but had =
not been found incompetent to stand trial on those earlier cases.=20

            Just before arriving in Concord in January 2006, Clayton had =
been in Vermont under parole supervision, court records said. He was =
permitted to leave Vermont by bus in late 2005 or early 2006 to visit =
his mother in Indiana and stopped in Concord. In the weeks before his =
arrest, Clayton had been hospitalized at the New Hampshire Hospital for =
a suicide threat and then discharged to a Concord homeless shelter.=20

            In her July 19 ruling, Burling concluded that Clayton had =
shown the experts that he could understand his criminal proceedings if =
given extra time to consult with his attorneys. Three experts examined =
Clayton as part of the competency evaluation.=20

            Burling wrote in her order that she will meet with attorneys =
on both sides of the case before trial to determined how best to =
accommodate Clayton's need for additional time with his attorneys.=20

            The trial is set to begin Sept. 24.=20

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            By ANNMARIE TIMMINS=20










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            <P>Over objections from defense attorneys, a judge has found =
a man=20
            competent to stand trial on charges of holding up a downtown =
bridal=20
            shop with an X-Acto knife and demanding sex from the female =
staff=20
            </P>
            <P>Robert Clayton, 35, suffers from a low IQ and memory =
problems,=20
            but he is not mentally retarded and can assist with his own =
defense,=20
            ruled Superior Court Judge Jean Burling. She said the court =
can=20
            accommodate Clayton's deficiencies at trial by giving him =
and his=20
            attorneys extra time to discuss evidence and proceedings. =
</P>
            <P>Clayton is scheduled to stand trial in Merrimack County =
Superior=20
            Court in September on 18 charges, many of them felonies, for =

            assault, kidnapping, criminal restraint, robbery and =
attempted=20
            sexual assault. If convicted of all the charges, Clayton =
faces=20
            numerous years in prison. </P>
            <P>The case has taken longer than most because of the =
competency=20
            questions. </P>
            <P>Clayton was arrested almost 1=BD years ago, after he was =
accused of=20
            confronting three female employees at the Ever After Bridal =
Shop on=20
            Main Street with a knife and demanding money and sexual acts =
from=20
            them. Clayton ordered the women into a back room at =
knifepoint,=20
            where he forced them onto their knees and told them his cell =
phone=20
            was a bomb, according to court records. </P>
            <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV><SPAN>He =
said he=20
            would not release anyone until they had all given him money =
and=20
            performed sex acts on him, the court records said. The =
women,=20
            instead, got to their feet and wrestled the knife from =
Clayton.=20
            Clayton fled on foot and was arrested an hour later off =
Mountain=20
            Road by the Concord police. </SPAN>
            <P>Clayton's public defenders raised questions about his =
competency=20
            shortly after he was charged. Two psychiatrists examined =
Clayton=20
            last year, and both concluded that he was competent to stand =
trial.=20
            They also acknowledged that Clayton has a limited IQ and =
memory=20
            problems. At least one of the experts also noted that =
Clayton had a=20
            long criminal record and had been found competent to stand =
trial by=20
            other courts. </P>
            <P>Clayton's criminal history, which dates back to his =
school days=20
            in Vermont, includes arrests for arson, burglary and grand =
larceny,=20
            assault and felony trespass. He has been hospitalized =
several times=20
            and has received psychological and psychiatric evaluations =
in the=20
            past, according to court records. </P>
            <P>He's been under the care of a guardian in the past but =
had not=20
            been found incompetent to stand trial on those earlier =
cases. </P>
            <P>Just before arriving in Concord in January 2006, Clayton =
had been=20
            in Vermont under parole supervision, court records said. He =
was=20
            permitted to leave Vermont by bus in late 2005 or early 2006 =
to=20
            visit his mother in Indiana and stopped in Concord. In the =
weeks=20
            before his arrest, Clayton had been hospitalized at the New=20
            Hampshire Hospital for a suicide threat and then discharged =
to a=20
            Concord homeless shelter. </P>
            <P>In her July 19 ruling, Burling concluded that Clayton had =
shown=20
            the experts that he could understand his criminal =
proceedings if=20
            given extra time to consult with his attorneys. Three =
experts=20
            examined Clayton as part of the competency evaluation. </P>
            <P>Burling wrote in her order that she will meet with =
attorneys on=20
            both sides of the case before trial to determined how best =
to=20
            accommodate Clayton's need for additional time with his =
attorneys.=20
            </P>
            <P>The trial is set to begin Sept. 24. </P>
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