Mental health evaluation sought in attempted murder case

NEWARK − Larry McCreary, 79, of Licking Township, arrested after his wife was critically injured…

Mental health evaluation sought in attempted murder case
Mental health evaluation sought in attempted murder case

NEWARK − Larry McCreary, 79, of Licking Township, arrested after his wife was critically injured in a Jan. 9 assault, faces two counts of attempted murder, five counts of improper discharge of a firearm and two counts of domestic violence.

Robert Calesaric, attorney for McCreary, has asked the court for a mental health evaluation of his client.

“He’s a 79 year-old man with what I believe are early signs of dementia and we are investigating his mental health status at the time of the allegations,” Calesaric said. “He’s got no criminal history, a 58-year marriage. The allegations aren’t consistent with his history.”

Calesaric said McCreary plans to plead not guilty at the arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday.

Licking County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call at 11:19 p.m. Jan. 9 on Rodney Lane Southeast, from a neighbor of McCreary who reported hearing shots fired.