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Man charged in Longview hospital stabbing deaths to undergo competency exam

By Clare McCarthy
April 20, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.

Kyron Templeton (Gregg County Jail photo)

A man accused of stabbing two people to death in November 2013 at a Longview hospital facility will be examined to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

Kyron Templeton, 26, of Longview is charged with capital murder in the Nov. 26, 2013, stabbings at what then was the Good Shepherd Medical Center Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Kevin Settle, one of Templeton's court-appointed attorneys, filed a motion earlier this month asking that his client be examined.

In the motion, Settle said jail records indicate Templeton has exhibited mental and behavioral issues since his arrest, including biting and tearing skin from his wrist as well as speaking incoherently and refusing to eat.

Settle wrote that Templeton also told the court he was going to fire his court-appointed attorneys. When asked if he was going to hire an attorney, Templeton told the court he was hiring someone named "David Beckham," Settle said, noting that is the name of a famous soccer player.

Settle said Templeton also stated he was married but had no way to contact his spouse or relate any more information to the attorneys. Settle said there is no evidence that indicates his client has ever been married.

Templeton was ordered Tuesday by 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

Templeton also faces three aggravated assault charges stemming from the attack.

Police said the stabbings happened on the second floor of the facility just before 7 a.m. Investigators said Templeton had been there for his mother's surgery that morning.

Nurse Gail Sandidge, 57, and surgical center visitor Harris Teel, 82, were killed in the attack.

Templeton's arrest report stated that he told an officer that "they" were trying to kill his mother.

Templeton remains in the Gregg County Jail under $2.5 million bond.

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