Gonzales man accused of sexually assaulting woman staying with him and his wife to attend nearby church _lowres

Carl McKinley

GONZALES — A state district judge found Monday that a Gonzales-area man accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman staying at his home in 2015 is not competent to stand trial.

Judge Jason Verdigets told Carl J. McKinley, 58, that psychiatrists had determined he is not competent to stand trial and will be sent to a mental health facility in East Feliciana Parish for treatment.

"We'll see where we go from there" after some time in treatment, Verdigets said.

Gonzales man accused of sexually assaulting woman staying with him and his wife to attend nearby church

Prosecutors in Ascension have charged McKinley, 38373 La. 30, Gonzales, with counts of sexual battery and attempted simple rape.

Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies have said McKinley attacked the woman Aug. 25, 2015, while she slept at his home.

The woman had been staying with McKinley and his wife for the past week at the time so she should attend a church in the area, deputies said.

Verdigets, of the 23rd Judicial District Court, ordered a sanity commission earlier this year at the request of McKinley's public defender, Jarrett Ambeau, and without opposition from Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi.

McKinley had previously been set for jury trial May 9.

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