Attorney disagrees that Timothy Green is competent for trial in woman's beating

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (3/15/2019) - Timothy Green's mental health issues have delayed the court case involving charges he badly assaulted a 66-year-old woman in downtown Saginaw more than a year ago.

Timothy Green

Green is accused of beating Kathy Rogers inside her office in the Jefferson One Building in downtown Saginaw in February 2018. Rogers is still recovering from her injuries.

Green, who was arrested a few days after the attack, was charged with assault with intent to murder. The court eventually ruled he should be sent to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti, where a psychiatrist ruled he was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

His attorney, Jim Gust, said authorities sent Green to jail and then back to the forensic center instead of taking him to a mental hospital. The psychiatrist who conducted a second exam found him competent to stand trial.

But Gust disagrees with that assessment and maintains Green is mentally incompetent.

"Here is a guy with mental health issues who regained his competence at the Saginaw County Jail with no treatment," Gust said. "How does that happen?"

A preliminary hearing for Green was scheduled for Friday, but adjourned. The case was forwarded to Saginaw County Circuit Court, where a trial is possible.

Gust said Green has talked about the attack with him.

"He's made statements more than once," Gust said. "God told him to baptize this woman."

Green has been evaluated for criminal responsibility, to see if he can be held responsible for the crime based upon his mental state at the time of the attack.

"I think the psychiatrist is looking at this close because he or she is taking a lot of time here," Gust said.

If Green is ruled not criminally responsible, he could be committed to a mental health facility for the rest of his life, similar to James Davis, who in January was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting deaths of his parents at Central Michigan University last year.