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March 27, 2014

Man charged for bomb sent back to jail

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

What was supposed to be a suppression hearing in Knox County Circuit Court Wednesday ended up with the defendant in the case being escorted to the Knox County Detention Center — and jailed there without bond.

Glenn David Powell, 67, faces several charges, including 12 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, related to a bomb.

Powell was indicted in June 2012 with those counts, as well as advertising obscene material, menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, receiving a stolen firearm and theft by unlawful taking.

He appeared before Circuit Judge Tom Jensen Wednesday, and, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele, made a confession in open court.

Steele said Powell admitted to not taking medication prescribed to him by doctors at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center when he was a patient there in the fall of 2012.

Steele said his release on bond was conditional on him taking that medication — which, it was learned during a competency hearing in May 2013, was necessary in order for him to stand trial.

Because he failed to follow the conditions of the release, Jensen ordered him into custody of the jail. Steele said he must remain there until he “gets straightened out” — and thusly, stand trial.

But that’s not the only problem Powell faces with his defense — Attorney Warren Scoville, who represented Powell, has withdrawn himself from the case.

Steele said a status hearing is slated for April 4 to determine if Powell has gotten “straightened out” by properly taking his prescribed medicine — and whether he has a new attorney.

But he’s admitted before to not taking the medication.

During Powell’s competency hearing May 1, 2013, Powell’s doctor at KCPC, Richard Johnson, testified via telephone.

He said he had treated Powell from Sept. 20-Oct. 22, 2012. Johnson testified that Powell was being treated for both physical ailments and mental conditions.

When Powell was discharged from the hospital, Johnson testified that Powell was taking a variety of medication, including Haldol.

Haldol, which is a brand name for haloperidol, is an antipsychotic medication, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration website.

Johnson said Haldol was to treat Powell’s mental condition. He also testified that “Mr. Powell (was) competent to stand trial at that time,” referring to Powell’s release date from the hospital.

He added that without the medication, Powell would likely suffer “cognitive impairment.”

During the examination, Johnson testified Powell showed evidence of having suffered mini-strokes and shows some signs of dementia.

“There was some evidence of dementia that affects (his) functioning, especially in the memory area,” Johnson said, adding that the Haldol helped this situation.

Powell added he also suffered from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, and could not afford the medication.

He said he has no health insurance and is not eligible for Social Security.

Powell added that he was not taking the Haldol, explaining that it “made it worse,” and that he “couldn’t get my eyes open, and couldn’t get my tongue out of my mouth.”

Jensen then determined Powell “has the capacity to understand” what was happening in court and that he was competent to stand trial.

Powell had been free on a $10,000 property bond, which was changed from a $10,000 cash bond.

Jensen added the condition to his bond that Powell sought help from the Veterans Administration hospital — but by admittedly failing to follow those conditions he ended up back behind bars.

During that competency hearing nearly a year ago, Jensen asked why he wasn’t taking the Haldol.

Powell answered that he was given high doses when he first was being treated, but that the dosage had been reduced to two milligrams.

“I can live with it,” he testified. “But I live better without it.”

In March 2012, Powell allegedly was found in possession of a pipe bomb. Those considered endangered if the bomb had exploded were Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, deputies Chad Wagner, Claude Hudson and Keith Liford, Kentucky State Police Trooper Jim Adkins, and Barbourville Police officers Steve Owens, Brian Senters and Chief Mike Broughton.

Others potentially in harm’s way include Brad Brasher and Todd Tremaine with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Mike Mitchell and Gerald Baker, with Knox County EMS.

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