Sailor accused of attempted murder to receive psychological evaluation

Wilbur Harwell outside Federal Court in Norfolk on June 12, 2014. (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A sailor charged with attempted murder will now have to have a psychological evaluation.

The defense for Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell withdrew its motion in a hearing on Friday, Nov. 6 and agreed to have Harwell’s mental capacity evaluated from the time of the incident. Harwell will see an independent physician by Nov. 17.

Harwell was arrested for stabbing Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Powell in the neck in an accident that occurred in June of 2014 at in the barracks of the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Powell managed to get help at a nearby Navy Exchange following the incident.

Harwell led authorities on a chase through Hampton Roads before being caught at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. NCIS charged Harwell with assault with the intent to murder and aggravated assault.

In a preliminary hearing at Naval Station Norfolk Court in June, the hearing officer took the case was under advisement. Harwell is expected to be back in court in January, with not exact date set at this time.

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