Alleged stabber deemed competent to stand trial

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man charged with stabbing his roommate in the abdomen in April is competent to stand trial, a forensic psychologist has determined.

John Greystoke, who is charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, has the capacity to understand the nature of his case and to assist in his own defense, Western State Hospital psychologist Christopher Cadle said in a Dec. 1 assessment.

Greystoke, 50, is accused of stabbing a man who had been staying at his apartment in the 800 block of South C Street on April 24.

Port Angeles police said part of the victim’s intestines were hanging out of his torso from a severe laceration. The man recovered from the injury.

In a Friday court hearing, Greystoke told Superior Court Judge Christopher Melly that he intends to plead guilty but that he “wants a better deal” from the state, according to the minutes of the hearing.

Greystoke also requested to represent himself in his case.

Clallam Public Defender Director Harry Gasnick proposed a meeting with Greystoke and his assigned attorney to discuss the request, according to the minutes.

Melly scheduled a review hearing for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Greystoke’s previous trial dates of June 20 and Sept. 19 were reset to allow time for the mental health evaluation. His new outside date, the date by which he has a right to go to trial, is Feb. 8.

Greystoke is being held in the Clallam County jail on $200,000 bail.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected]

More in Crime

Port Angeles officer hurt during arrest

Sequim man charged with assault following domestic complaint

High-speed spin ends with crash into building, charges

Sequim teen charged with reckless endangerment, hit-and-run

Essential oils, farm equipment taken from Martha Lane Lavender

Fund looks to support family through loss

Kim Nails was one of three “smash and grab” burglaries in Sequim on Nov. 16-17. Sequim Police said they continue to investigate and believe the cases could be related. Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group
Matthew Wetherington
Matthew Wetherington sentenced to life in prison

He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder Monday

Port Angeles man sentenced in high school roof fire

A 19-year-old man whose firecracker sparked a roof fire… Continue reading

Saturday crash closes Center Road in Chimacum

A driver was arrested for drunken driving after a single-vehicle… Continue reading

Fat Smitty's restaurant in Discovery Bay has been subjected to three burglaries this year, with thieves stealing dollar bills that patrons personalize and attach to the walls and ceiling. Thursday's latest robbery is the first time law enforcement have been able to catch the suspect thieves, however it is still under investigation if Thursday's robbers are connected to the prior robberies. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
Popular Discovery Bay eatery burgled

Suspects found with signed dollar bills after Fat Smitty’s hit

Most Read