LEWISTON — A man charged with attempted murder in a January stabbing is expected to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Cory Hayden, 30, of Massachusetts, who had been living recently at 12 Brann Ave. in Lewiston, was indicted by a grand jury this month on three felonies. The charges stem from an incident in which police said he stabbed the father of his girlfriend’s children in an ambush in Auburn.

Hayden’s attorney, George Hess, filed a motion with the court seeking an evaluation of Hayden’s competency to stand trial, an abnormal condition of mind and any mental or emotional condition affecting the defendant’s guilt or criminal responsibility at the time of the stabbing.

In his motion, Hess wrote that Hayden had suffered serious head trauma from a car accident Jan. 1 for which he was hospitalized in Boston. After leaving the hospital he had been vomiting and and his head ached.

“He states that he was in a fog at the time of the event and relates that he is now hearing voices,” Hess wrote. “He recalls suffering from (obsessive-compulsive disorder) as a youth and taking some form of medication” for it.

Hayden denies the charges against him, Hess added.


Hayden had been scheduled to appear Thursday in 8th District Court in Lewiston for an arraignment at which he would have entered pleas to the charges in the indictment. But that hearing was postponed after Hess filed his motion for Hayden’s evaluations.

On Thursday, a judge signed an order for the evaluations, including whether Hayden “suffers from a cognitive impairment based on head trauma suffered in a car accident that affects his ability to voluntarily make statements to law enforcement or to waive his rights.”

Police said in written reports that Hayden stabbed Frederick Williams, 40, of Auburn at his home shortly before midnight on Jan. 15.

Williams was stabbed three times, including his left shoulder blade and close to his rib cage. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he was treated and released.

Hayden had been dating the mother of Williams’ children. During that time, Williams had been dating a different woman who called police to report the stabbing.

A third woman known to both men had asked Williams and his girlfriend if she could stay the night with them because she was homeless. They told her she could.


She arrived at their home in a car, parked in front. She asked Williams to retrieve something from the trunk of her car. When he went to the rear of her car, Hayden moved toward Williams, told him he was going to kill him and began to stab him, according to a police affidavit.

Hayden and the homeless woman sped from the scene in the car she had driven to Williams’ home.

Williams told police that Hayden had “severely beaten” his girlfriend who was the mother of Williams’ children. Williams had helped her through the aftermath and Hayden hadn’t liked that, he told police.

Hayden is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn in lieu of $100,000 cash bail and, if he were to be released, has been ordered not to have any dangerous weapons nor have contact with Williams.


Cory Hayden (Submitted photo)

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