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Suspect ruled competent for attempted murder trial

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    Joshua Avalos



ELYRIA — A Lorain man accused of shooting his wife’s friend in Avon last year has been deemed competent to stand trial after receiving a second psychiatric evaluation.

Joshua Avalos, 29, was indicted on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, along with other charges, in connection to the incident.

In December, a motion asking the court to appoint Dr. John M. Fabian, a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist, to examine Avalos; review existing medical and psychological evidence and reports; and render an opinion concerning Avalos’ competency to stand trial as to his mental condition at the time of the offenses. The evaluation was paid for by public funds and was conducted Feb. 28, court documents said.

Avalos had had an initial evaluation that was completed by Dr. Bethany A. Young-Lundquist on Nov. 16, according to court documents.

“After review of the admitted reports, this court concludes that the defendant is capable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him and is capable of assisting in his defense and finds the defendant competent to stand trial,” a ruling Wednesday signed by Judge Mark Betleski said.

A jury trial on the case has been scheduled for Sept. 18 in Betleski’s courtroom.

Avalos is being held in Lorain County Jail on $500,000 bond. A hearing possibly reducing his bond was held Wednesday before Betleski.

The state filed a motion in opposition to any reduction in Avalos’ bond Tuesday, court documents said.

Avalos’ defense attorney, Michael Duff, said Betleski is expected to rule on bond reduction this week.

According to police, Avalos went to Technifab on Chester Road in Avon about 8:30 a.m. April 27 and opened fire on 37-year-old Kevin Fenderson in the parking lot, hitting him in the back.

The wounded Fenderson was able to get into his car and drove from the parking lot, pursued by Avalos, police have said. The chase, which drew numerous 911 calls, ended in a crash at Colorado and Carleen avenues.

Brittany Avalos, who described herself as Joshua Avalos’ “soon-to-be-ex” in a 911 call, told law enforcement that Fenderson was a friend.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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