Home Invasion Trial Suspended, Judge Orders Mental Exam for Teen
A strange court case in Augusta County got even stranger Thursday. An illicit affair between a married woman and a 14-year-old boy ended when the teen crashed through a bedroom window and was shot in the leg. On Thursday, a judge said the boy's "childish" behavior put his trial on hold.
A day-long trial never got started Thursday morning. During a defense motion to close the courtroom, the teenage suspect repeatedly spoke over top of witnesses, attorneys, even the judge. Some outbursts were simply noises or nonsensical phrases. Judge Victor Ludwig said he suspected the boy was "faking it," but ordered a mental exam to be sure.
Augusta County deputies wheeled the now 15-year-old defendant into the courthouse. Part of his right leg was amputated after he suffered a gunshot wound.
Philip Crilley fired the shot last January, as he and his wife Kimberly huddled in the bedroom of their Mount Solon home. Philip testified at an earlier hearing that he pulled the trigger after several warnings, and after the teen crashed through the window and pulled a knife. He described the boy as "intent on attack... nothing would deter him."
That alleged home invasion came after - and perhaps because of - a months-long affair between the juvenile and the 48-year-old Kimberly Crilley. She is now serving a three-year prison term for five convictions, including carnal knowledge of a child. The teenager was convicted of five charges in juvenile court, but appealed.
He spent his brief appearance in circuit court in nearly constant chatter, some of it apparently in his family's native Hungarian language. The boy's outbursts in English included references to mosquitoes, acne, the old testament, and a declaration that "I am the truth."
Judge Victor Ludwig repeatedly warned the teen to be quiet, finally telling him that he was acting childishly and foolishly. Defense attorney Duane Barron says the teen has had increasing mental and behavioral problems over his 10 months in juvenile detention.
He will undergo a forensic exam at the University of Virginia.
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