Man’s sanity still argued in 2003 stabbing case

A judge last week ordered a second sanity evaluation for a Grand Junction man who was convicted in 2006 of stabbing another man 27 times in 2003.

Troy D. Mondragon, 46, has been the subject of roughly a dozen mental-health evaluations completed by Colorado doctors over the past seven years, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said.

Mondragon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but at a trial in 2006 he was convicted of attempted-first degree murder and first-degree assault, among other charges, and sentenced to 64 years in prison.

During the trial, Mondragon’s attorneys had raised statements from Mondragon about his stated personal mission of infiltrating satanic cults and about conspiracies involving angels and government agencies.

The Colorado Court of Appeals in 2009 threw out the jury’s verdicts, saying the judge who presided over the case applied an incorrect standard toward determining whether Mondragon was competent to stand trial.

Last year, the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo evaluated Mondragon and issued a report finding he was competent for trial.

Judge Valerie Robison on Friday ordered the latest evaluation in the case to be filed by April 15.


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