Man Ordered To Undergo Mental Evaluation
Posted: October 1, 2013 at 1:41 a.m.
BENTONVILLE — The attorney who represents a Bella Vista man in a murder case will use mental disease or defect as a defense for his client.
Leon Lincoln Jr., 41, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Theresa Voshell.
Jay Saxton, public defender, told Circuit Judge Robin Green on Monday he plans to pursue a mental disease or defect as a defense for Lincoln.
Green ordered Lincoln to undergo a mental evaluation at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock. Case proceedings were suspended pending the results of the evaluation. A mental status hearing is set for Dec. 2.
Lincoln previously pleaded not guilty to the charge. He faces a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment if convicted.
Lincoln was arrested Oct. 13, 2012, in connection with Voshell’s death. Police were called at 6:17 a.m. to 12 Thaxted Drive. Rebecca Henson, Lincoln’s sister, reported Lincoln stabbed Voshell, 46, in the neck, according to court documents. Henson told police she heard yelling and found Voshell unconscious and bleeding.
Police found Henson holding Voshell in a room on the second floor. Voshell was covered in blood and had extensive cuts on her face and throat, according to court documents.
Bella Vista police arrested Lincoln on July 23, 2010, for commercial burglary in connection with a break-in at United Lutheran Church. He pleaded guilty to breaking or entering in March 2011 and was sentenced to six years in the Department of Correction.
Lincoln was paroled on Dec. 21, 2011. His parole was revoked after his arrest in connection with the murder charge.
Lincoln is being held in the Arkansas Department of Correction’s East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys.