LAUREL COUNTY – A London man facing attempted murder charges for allegedly attempting to shoot his neighbor in February 2017 was set to have a hearing Thursday that could have determined whether or not he is competent to stand trial, though that hearing has been moved.
The hearing for Larry Black, Jr., 56, was scheduled to take place in Laurel Circuit Court, where a physician who evaluated Black at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange would provide testimony to the court concerning Hensley’s evaluation and offer an opinion on Black’s competency. However, the hearing had to be continued due to Black not being present for the proceedings.
Black’s attorney, Jennifer Perkins, said that he was supposed to have been transported to court from the jail facility he is currently at, but stated that he had not been transported. No further information was provided as to why Black was not present. Perkins then asked Judge Michael Caperton if her and prosecutors could approach the bench for a sidebar.
No new date for a competency hearing was provided in court and court documents currently have no date listed.
Black was arrested Feb. 19, 2017, after deputies with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to an East Pittsburgh Church Road residence to investigate a complaint of a man shooting a firearm at his neighbor. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies allegedly found Black outside a residence creating a disturbance by screaming and cursing.
After further investigation, deputies learned that Black had allegedly fired a pistol at the neighbor and that two other people were inside the home in which Black had been firing the gun toward. The alleged firearm was found at the scene.
When Black was taken into custody, he was also found to allegedly be in possession of an assortment of pills.
Black was indicted in March 2017 by a Laurel County grand jury, formally charging him with attempted murder, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree disorderly conduct, three counts of possession of a controlled substance in an improper container.
Black currently remains jailed.