Stabbing suspect deemed ‘incompetent and dangerous'

Timothy Barton of Lusby
Timothy James Barton

Prince Frederick, MD - A Calvert County man charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing of his father has been deemed “incompetent and dangerous” by state health authorities, court documents stated. The accused, Timothy James Barton, 27 of Lusby, was arrested Jan. 17 shortly after his father, Joseph Barton, received a stab wound to his back and numerous lacerations to both of his hands. The incident occurred at a house on Antelope Trail in Lusby. Timothy Barton was arrested without a struggle shortly after the stabbing was reported. Robert Barton was subsequently flown to a regional trauma center in critical condition.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Detective Wayne Wells stated in court documents that Timothy had sustained lacerations to his right hand. He was subsequently treated for minor injuries. “While being placed in custody Timothy Barton advised deputies that he was responsible for the stabbing and also advised that the knife used was located at the top of Antelope Trail at the intersection,” Wells stated in court documents. “The knife was located blood-soaked and later collected by crime scene technicians.”

According to a court docket summary, an evaluation of Timothy Barton’s mental state was conducted by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) a few days after his arrest. The evaluation was received Jan. 23. During a court proceeding Jan. 25 District Court Judge Michelle Saunders announced Timothy Barton was being committed to MDH. The local Office of the Public Defender waived the defendant’s presence at the court hearing. According to the District Court document, Barton’s status will be reviewed July 25.

In addition to attempted second-degree murder, Barton is charged with first-degree assault. Both charges are felonies.

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