- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Mental health experts for the prosecution and defense say a former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with sexually assaulting a home care worker has a form of dementia that will worsen over time.

Dr. Amy Trivette and Dr. Walter Butler testified in a competency hearing on Thursday that 77-year-old Billy Joe Miles has dementia, but disagreed over whether Miles was competent to stand trial, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported . Miles was indicted in September on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and bribery of a witness after prosecutors say he assaulted a health care worker at his home.

Butler, a Louisville psychiatrist who was hired by the defense, testified that he evaluated Miles in December. He said Miles already had been diagnosed with dementia by officials at the University of Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and Vanderbilt University Hospital before the alleged assault at his home last July.

Butler said that when he evaluated him, Miles “didn’t understand why he was there” and stated, ‘I have no legal troubles.’ Miles was placed on medications to slow the progress of dementia, but Butler said he doesn’t expect him to improve.

“I agree Mr. Miles has dementia,” said Dr. Amy Trivette, medical director for the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center. Testing found that Miles had a “major neurocognitive disorder” but seemed competent to stand trial at the time of his evaluation in March, she said.

Hardin Circuit Court Judge Kelly Mark Easton asked the attorneys to submit summary arguments to him and said he would rule on Miles‘ competency before the end of July.

The trial is set for Sept. 6.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, https://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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