Murder suspect to undergo third mental health exam


SKOWHEGAN (AP) – A judge on Monday ordered a third mental health examination for a Palmyra man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son in November.

Todd Curry will remain at the Riverview Psychiatric Facility in Augusta, where he has been since March, the Morning Sentinel newspaper reported Monday in its online edition. The examination is expected to last about two months, it said.

Curry, 39, is charged with murder in the Nov. 28 slaying of Anthony Tucker on Curry’s front lawn. His mother, April Cooley, escaped along with her daughters, Adrienne Tucker, 10, and Alyssa Curry, 6 months.

The evaluation ordered by Superior Court Justice Joseph Jabar differs from the other two because it’ll involve a psychiatrist. The other two were performed by psychologists.

According to court documents, the morning of the killing began with Curry asking Cooley to marry him, but things quickly fell apart as he accused her of being part of a conspiracy against him. Curry threatened the family and hit Cooley with his assault rife, the documents said.

Family members say Curry was manic depressive and had been repeatedly hospitalized for mental illness. Brain damage caused by a 1986 car crash likely contributed to Curry’s state of mind at the time of the shooting, his lawyer said.