The competency hearing for a 19-year-old accused of raping a boy while at a church has been pushed back to Aug. 12 so his attorney can schedule a second mental evaluation.
Blake Cole, of Harrison Twp., has been indicted on one count of rape against a boy younger than 13 years old in April at Fort McKinley United Methodist Church at 3721 Siebenthaler Ave.
In his motion suggesting Cole’s incompetency to stand trial, attorney Barry Galen wrote that “an illness may stem from a birth defect that decidedly affects the actions of (Cole), especially his inability to reason correctly in moments of rage or under stress.”
Galen further writes Cole “may suffer from a mental illness” and that he “may not understand the effects of his plea.”
On Monday, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael Krumholtz said the court had received a report on Cole’s competency and a report on Cole’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Krumholtz granted Galen an opportunity for a second evaluation on both accounts. Prosecutors would not divulge the results of the first evaluation done by a local psychologist.