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Downtown stabbing suspect ordered to take meds, max state mental facility

Howard Martin (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Howard Martin (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Howard Martin was ordered to take his medication and undergo treatment in a maximum state mental facility. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Howard Martin was ordered to take his medication and undergo treatment in a maximum state mental facility. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The suspect accused of brutally stabbing a man with a butcher knife Downtown must take his medication and undergo treatment at a maximum security state mental facility.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge John Andrew West also ruled Tuesday that Howard Martin III should be forced to take his medication if he doesn't willingly.

The ruling came after a brief hearing in which one doctor at Martin's current state mental health facility, Summit Behavioral Center in Roselawn, testified that if Martin didn't leave he would because it wouldn't be safe.

Martin has been undergoing treatment at Summit after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial on a 2014 felonious assault charge.

The 41-year-old man walked up to the victim outside the William Howard Taft Center the morning of Sept. 26 and stabbing him several times in the face and neck.

Witnesses told officers Martin attacked the man with a butcher knife without provocation or a single word being exchanged between the two.

He has a previous history of violence, harassment and theft, including a 2011 conviction for making threatening calls to his former employer, WCPO-TV, (Channel 9 News), which added armed security to their building after Martin began harassing employees. 

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