Today’s scheduled King County Superior Court arraignment was postponed for 34-year-old Ryan Cox, charged with malicious harassment (hate crime) for hitting a man with a baseball bat in an attack allegedly based on his perception of the victim’s sexual orientation. (Here’s our original October 29th report on his arrest following the incident.) Cox instead will now undergo a mental-health evaluation, to see if he is competent to stand trial. At least three previous cases involving Cox have been dismissed because he was found not competent, and he wasn’t considered a likely subject to be “restored” to competency (via forced drug treatment). King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe says Cox’s arraignment has been rescheduled for December 5th, and a competency hearing will be part of the proceedings.
West Seattle, Washington