- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) - An eastern Indiana man charged with killing a man and his teenage daughter has mental health issues, a judge acknowledged Monday.

When Charles Whittington appeared in court to hear two murder charges read against him, the judge discussed post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia in acknowledging the defendant suffered from a mental disorder, WANE-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1IFwuZl ).

It was not clear whether Whittington has been diagnosed with a mental illness and further details might not be made public because the judge issued a gag order.

Whittington has been charged in the Thursday shooting deaths of Shane Williamson, 40, and his 14-year-old daughter, Katelin, at the Hartford City apartment building where they lived.

During Whittington’s initial hearing, the judge repeated himself multiple times to make sure Wittington understood. When the judge asked Whittington if he understood that each count carries a maximum penalty of 65 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Whittington responded, “A long time.”

At one point, Whittington asked everyone at the hearing to call him “Mad Dog.”

The judge entered a not guilty plea on Wittington’s behalf and granted his request for a court-appointed lawyer.

The gag order means the probable cause affidavit in the case will not be made available to the public. Such affidavits generally outline details of a case and the justification for criminal charges.

Authorities have said they found Williamson dead from multiple gunshots Thursday in the apartment building’s parking lot. The girl, a freshman at Blackford High School, later was found in their apartment, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.


Information from: WANE-TV, https://www.wane.com/

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