PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A doctor from the Allegheny County Behavior Clinic said after her evaluation of Anthony Bush, the Knoxville man accused of beating an 11-year-old boy to death, she determined that although Bush was originally ruled competent to stand trial, his mental state has deteriorated.
“Dr. Christine Martone indicated today that although Mr. Bush was competent to stand trial at the time of his incarceration, in her opinion, he has deteriorated over the course of the last few months and she’s recommending that further treatment is required,” said prosecutor Mark Tranquilli.
However, Tranquilli said Bush will likely undergo another evaluation by a prosecution expert to make sure the symptoms he has displayed are genuine.
“One of the things he would be evaluating him for is something called malingering. Malingering is sort of a nice way of saying faking. That’s the way you say faking in the psychiatric community. That would certainly be one of the things that we would have our independent expert look into,” Tranquilli said.
Another hearing on whether Bush is competent to stand trial will be scheduled in a few days.
Previously, a Pittsburgh homicide detective said Bush admitted to beating the 11-year-old inside the Knoxville apartment they shared on Feb 12.
According to investigators, Bush told police that he broke three sticks over the boy’s head and body, and then told the child to clean up the splinters.
Investigators said Bush told detectives that he was sorry and was a monster.
The decision whether this will be a death penalty case or not has yet to be decided.