- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Raleigh County judge denied a defense request Monday for a psychological evaluation for Alvin Ray Williams, a 32-year-old man sentenced in February to serve two to 10 years in the penitentiary for the malicious wounding of Beckley gynecologist Dr. Michael Webb.

Williams’ new attorney, David Gilbert, asked for a court-appointed psychologist to give an opinion on whether Williams’ act was an aberration, or if he was bound to commit a violent act at some point.

Williams’ then-girlfriend, Kimberly Dawn Adkins, accused Webb of sexually assaulting her in July 2014, prompting Williams to physically attack the doctor.

Williams pleaded guilty in December 2014 to malicious wounding and to crimes against the elderly, as Webb is over the age of 65.

Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller called the motion “senseless and a waste of time.”

She said there’s nothing a psychological report could tell at this point that would change the determinations made at sentencing.

Judge John A. Hutchison said an evidence-based assessment tool, an LSCMI report, was conducted before Williams was sentenced.

The report showed Williams in a “low” category for commission of future crimes, but Hutchison said when he considered all the other factors, he determined Williams still needed to go to the penitentiary.

“What could a psychologist who does an assessment on Williams tell me that was different that would change my mind?” Hutchinson asked aloud. “I don’t think there’s anything.”

He said the court had no indication that Williams was incompetent or not criminally responsible. “His conduct warranted the sentence he got.”

Gilbert alluded to a motion for sentence reconsideration for Williams. He said they are not seeking probation, but would like for Williams to be granted home confinement.

Williams was previously represented by Christopher Lefler.

–-Adkins, who is charged with malicious wounding, violent crimes against the elderly, conspiracy and providing false information to police officers, backed out of a plea deal in January.

She expressed displeasure with her attorney, David Hart, whose license was recently suspended for three years by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals after justices found “a clear pattern of wrongdoing” in seven client complaints.

Adkins’ case was reassigned to Kevin Robinson, but was reassigned again due to a conflict of interest. She is now being represented by Robert Dunlap.

Dunlap told The Register-Herald Monday that a psychological evaluation has been conducted, and a hearing will be held Aug. 21 to determine whether Adkins can be released on home confinement.

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