Despite competency hearings, mental illness defense coming for Perry Co. stabbing suspect
The attorney for a Perry County man charged with stabbing a district judge in 2010 notified the court he will pursue a mental illness defense.
Ned Pillersdorf, who represents Ronnie Brock, filed a motion May 23 in Floyd Circuit Court, stating he intends to introduce evidence of a mental illness at the time of the defense. Following a second competency hearing dated May 17, Brock was again found competent to stand trial.
Ronnie D. Brock, 56, of Bonnyman, was arrested in September 2010, after police say he attempted to murder Perry County District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens at the Circle T Restaurant in Airport Gardens. Brock reportedly stabbed Stephens several times with a knife.