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Trial on for man who scaled White House fence

Thursday, February 9, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A Mammoth Spring man who was arrested after authorities say he scaled and jumped over a fence on the north lawn of the White House in December of last year will stand trial Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C.

Shawn Cox, 29, was arrested by the Secret Service Dec. 4 and charged with unlawful entry. He has been undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington since the time of his arrest. Before the evaluation began Cox was screened for drugs and the test came back negative.

In January doctors who have been evaluating Cox said he is mentally incompetent to stand trial. On Jan. 27 a D.C. judge ruled the trial should go forward. Cox waived his right to a jury. If convicted Cox could be fined up to $100 or jailed up to six months.

According to the mental evaluation from the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, Cox has a history of receiving mental health services in Washington and has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoia.

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