A state district judge has granted a sanity evaluation request for the man who smeared his own feces on his face in court last week and later tried to hang himself.
Bryan Schwartz, 27, will be evaluated by two court-appointed psychiatrists to determine if he is competent to stand trial with his girlfriend and co-defendant Misty Eiermann, 34, who are accused of beating Eiermann’s mother to death in Terrytown last year.
Schwartz is being represented by Marquita Naquin of the Public Defender’s Office, who noted in the request that Schwartz “has exhibited behavior both inappropriate and abnormal while at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and in court over the last week.”
She said Schwartz, who tried to hang himself with his bed sheets in prison last week, is under suicide watch.
Schwartz, a native of Kentucky, created a disturbance in Judge Henry Sullivan’s courtroom last week when he managed to get some of his own feces on his hand and rub it on his face. Bailiffs quickly escorted him out of the courtroom, and he was heard saying that “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
That quote was famously uttered by the title character in the movie “Forrest Gump,” who used it to convey that life can be unpredictable. The act that got Schwartz ejected from court has drawn comparisons to a scene in the 2001 film “Training Day,” in which a detective describes a man on trial doing something similar with peanut butter to successfully get himself declared insane on the spot.
In real life, however, determining competency to stand trial is a far more rigorous process.
Rafael Salcedo, one of the two doctors who will evaluate Schwartz, testified last year in the case of a man found not guilty by reason of insanity that professionals are trained to spot “malingerers” and that true mental illness is extremely difficult to feign.
Salcedo and Dr. Richard Richoux will report the findings of their evaluation to the court on April 29, according to court records.
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