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Friday, July 06, 2018 12:35 pm

Defendant in mother's slaying not competent, psychologist testifies

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A New Haven man charged with beating his mother to death last year in her home is not competent to stand trial, a psychologist testified Friday.

Dr. Kevin Wieland said a 60-minute interview with Chad A. Ingram, 43, in March included strange responses to questions about whether Ingram understands the charges against him. Wieland said Ingram disregarded questions, instead rambling about 'portal kids" and other nonsensical statements.

"Throughout the interview, I would ask a question and he would not respond and then continue in a stream of thought," he said.

Another psychologist, Dr. David Lombard, testified in Allen Superior Court he tried to interview Ingram but was not successful.

Ingram is charged with murder in the death of Heidi Colley, 61, in November. Police said they found the woman's body in a bedroom in her home on Sherbrook Drive, naked and beaten.

Defense attorney John Bohdan has questioned his client's competency in court documents and said Friday Ingram either is unable or unwilling to communicate, echoing statements from Wieland.

Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull did not rule Friday on whether Ingram is competent to stand trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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mleblanc@jg.net