A 4th District judge has taken under advisement a recommendation to send a Provo man, charged with trying to kill his wife in July, to the Utah State Hospital for diagnosis and psychiatric treatment.
Faitau Owen Tipa, 33, is charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony, in the July 15 shooting of Edna Tipa, who has since recovered. Tipa told Judge Cullen Y. Christensen Friday that he is competent to stand trial and aid in his own defense."I understand that is what you say," Christensen said. "The question I have is do you understand what you say?"
Dr. C. Jess Groesbeck, a psychiatrist who examined Tipa in the county jail Aug. 30, recommended treatment and evaluation of what he called "a very serious mental illness."
Because Tipa appears to have a violent nature and believes he is surrounded by people conspiring against him, Groesbeck said, "I believe this man is a danger to himself as well as others with respect to that mental illness."
Groesbeck said Tipa doesn't understand the seriousness of the charges against him and is not capable of adequately defending himself or assisting his attorney.Dr. Robert J. Howell, a clinical psychologist, said he attempted to examine Tipa twice in the jail, but was unable to because the defendant refused to cooperate.