Two men found incompetent to stand trial on two separate murders in Nevada County are now sitting in the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility awaiting placement to mental institutions, a process that one judge says needs to be speeded along. Arthur Prosser was charged with the crossbow shooting death of his brother Gerald in 2007 but at that time he was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was placed in Napa State Hospital for a period of three years. Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson says Prosser “timed out” earlier this year and was returned to Nevada County where a Grand Jury renewed the case and then county counsel placed Prosser under conservatorship to insure he would not be released from custody.
“Which was great, and certainly helped us in protecting the public. Yesterday’s hearing, in essence, was to try to determine where to place him for ongoing treatment. Napa didn’t have bed space apparently, after his stay here in local county jail. And obviously, the county jail is not the appropriate situation to house a mentally ill, disturbed offender like this.”
There is an underlying problem that the state does not have enough resources to handle criminal mental cases Ferguson says another example is Cody Feiler who was also found incompetent to stand trial for the beating death of Alta Sierra resident James Turner last February.
“It’s a chronic problem. In fact, Cody Feiler, he’s awaiting murder charges and has been found incompetent to stand trial at this current moment. He’s currently waiting at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for pick up by the state mental hospital. He hasn’t been picked up yet. It’s terrible how long they wait and leave these mentally ill people in a jail setting.”
Another hearing has been set in court for August 12th but Feilers defense attorney is hopeful he will be transferred to a mental facility before that date.