Endicott ordered to speed up evaluation

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By Kenny Colston

A Shelbyville man charged with engaging in organized crime with seven others in Oldham County is still awaiting a competency hearing before his case can move forward.

La Grange Police originally arrested Casey Endicott, 18, in October on gang and drug charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

In December, seven other individuals, including Endicott’s brother and Shelbyville native Thomas Wenz, were indicted on several charges, although the most serious ones were dropped.

But Endicott’s case has remained in district court as he awaits an evaluation to see if he’s competent enough for his charges to proceed. His attorney, Jessica Schulety, first requested a court hearing to discuss the evaluation on Dec. 18.

Endicott has appeared in court multiple times for updates on his evaluation, but as of Wednesday had still not had one completed.

The lack of an evaluation raised the ire of District Court Judge Jerry Crosby, who ordered Endicott to have the evaluation completed by his next court date on March 12.

“If the appointment is not scheduled by March 12, regardless of what the evaluation is for, I’ll have to start contempt,” Crosby said. “You are under a direct order to get it scheduled.”

Schulety countered it wasn’t Endicott’s fault the evaluation hadn’t taken place, but Crosby remained firm.

Because his case has been stalled by the evaluation, Endicott is still charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of engaging in organized crime, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, one count of possession of a controlled substance – cocaine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The others with similar charges, who have all been indicted and are going through circuit court, had charges concerning the conspiracy to commit murder and cocaine possession dropped.

The next court date for six of the individuals, all from La Grange, is March 6. At a court hearing last week, Wenz was taken back into custody and ordered for an evaluation himself, after his attorney expressed Wenz may be bipolar.

Wenz’s next court date is May 8.

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