Workplace Shooting

Doctors want to force man ruled incompetent to face murder charges to take medicine

Doctors treating a man ruled incompetent to stand trial on murder charges want a judge to allow them to force him to take his medicine. Tom West is accused of shooting two men to death and wounding three others at a trucking company. His lawyer says that West apparently is refusing to take medication. A judge in Hamilton ordered that West be committed to a treatment facility in hopes of restoring his competency. State Public Defender David Bodiker say he doesn't know of any other court decisions related to forced medication involving a potential death-penalty case. Bodiker says it's wrong to put unwanted drugs into a man so he can be competent enough to be executed. Prosecutors say a criminal defendant shouldn't have the right to make himself incompetent in order to avoid trial.