CENTRALIA MAN FOUND UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL IN SWORD ASSAULT ON BROTHER

CENTRALIA MAN FOUND UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL IN SWORD ASSAULT ON BROTHER

CENTRALIA, IL — A 48-year-old Centralia man has been found mentally unfit to stand trial in a Marion County Court case accusing him of multiple charges stemming from an altercation with his brother earlier this year that reportedly involved a baseball bat and a sword. Dewayne Whipple is charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including Class X home invasion and Class 3 aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Dr. Daniel Cuneo has found Whipple mentally unfit to stand trial on the charges but in court Tuesday, Cuneo said fitness could be retained within a year. Whipple was subsequently remanded to the custody of the Department of Human Services for treatment.

According to Centralia police reports; there was a possible love triangle between Dewayne Whipple, his brother Dickie, and a woman that Dewayne reportedly ran into at Farm Fresh. Dewayne went with the woman to Centralia home where she reportedly lived with Dickie. Dewayne entered the home uninvited and the two brothers faced off, Dewayne with a sword and Dickie with a bat. Dickie called 911 and reported someone at his home with a knife attempting to stab him. No injuries were reported.

Officers arrived on the scene and took Dewayne into custody for alleged aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and home invasion.