- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

COWLITZ COUNTY, Wash. (AP) - A Cowlitz County judge has cited the state Department of Social and Human Services with contempt for delayed treatment of a murder suspect found not competent to stand trial.

The Daily News reports (https://goo.gl/HQbGRT) Judge Stephen Warning also fined the agency $2,000 per day in the case of Sergey Fedoruk of Kelso.

Fedoruk is charged with murder in the August 2011 death of his brother-in-law.

In October, Fedoruk was ordered into the agency’s custody at Western State Hospital but the earliest date they say they can admit him is Nov. 23.

Warning cited a federal court finding that a delay in excess of seven days violates the U.S. Constitution.

Agency spokeswoman Kathy Spears says they are doing everything possible to add beds for competency restoration treatment but are struggling to hire staff.

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