Accused Stabber May Be Tested For Competency

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The man accused of stabbing a patron in the parking lot of a Payson bar may not be competent to stand trial according to his lawyer, John Brisson.

At a status conference in Superior Court Nov. 24, Brisson said he may enter a motion on behalf of client Robert Squillante, 43, to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

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Robert Squillante

Squillante allegedly stabbed a man as he was leaving the Buffalo Bar & Grill on the night of July 25. He fled the scene.

Payson police were later able to establish Squillante as their prime suspect.

Although he had left the area, he was eventually arrested him in Phoenix.

After being released from the Globe jail, Squillante fled and was later apprehended in the Los Angeles area and is currently in custody in Globe.

If the motion is granted, Squillante would be examined by two mental health experts, one hired by Brisson, the other by the state. A determination would be made to see if Squillante is competent and able to assist his attorney in his own defense.

Brisson said he will be reviewing the police reports and mental health records and then determine whether to file a motion.

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