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.

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

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