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October 08. 2013 6:20PM

Accused Elliot Hospital attacker facing competency hearing

MANCHESTER — The Manchester man accused of seriously beating a nursing assistant at Elliot Hospital in July is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 31 for a competency hearing and to be arraigned on an assault charge regarding a second hospital worker, according to court records.

Ansel Kinglocke, who turned 34 on Tuesday, was indicted in August on a charge of simple assault for punching hospital employee Melissa Clermont in the face on July 8. He will be arraigned on that charge in Hillsborough County Superior Court — Northern District.

Kinglocke, of 495 Old Wellington Road, Apt. 206, was indicted in July on single counts of first-degree assault and second-degree assault after he "repeatedly struck Donald Wyman in the head and face causing severe injuries," according to court papers.

Kinglocke, who remains held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester, pleaded innocent to both charges Aug. 7. The more serious charge alleged he "purposely caused serious bodily injury," while the lesser charge said he "recklessly caused serious bodily injury." Kinglocke faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted on the two charges relating to Wyman.

Authorities had initially filed two charges against Kinglocke: first-degree assault on Wyman; and second-degree assault on Clermont.

The second-degree assault charge on Clermont would have carried up to seven years in prison while the current simple assault charge carries a year in jail.

Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Rose-Marie Balboni would not comment on details of the case. Kinglocke's public defender, Ashley Sheehan, didn't return a phone message.

Susanna Whitcher, a spokeswoman for Elliot Hospital, said on Tuesday that Wyman wasn't a patient there, "so I really can't give you an update on how's he doing. He's not returned to work."

Authorities said Kinglocke broke Wyman's jaw in four places, knocked out four teeth and nearly killed him.

"Melissa has returned to work," Whitcher said.

Court records said Kinglocke fractured Clermont's cheek bone and knocked her to the ground.

Police said Kinglocke wanted out of the locked psychiatric-examination area and attacked Wyman when he tried to stop him. According to court records, Clermont found Wyman face down on the floor with Kinglocke trying to use Wyman's employee ID/keycard to get out. When Kinglocke saw Clermont, he allegedly punched her in the face.

Kinglocke had been in the psychiatric area for three days, waiting to be involuntarily committed to the New Hampshire Hospital, authorities said.

Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel ordered the release of Kinglocke's medical and mental health records as "determining whether he is competent to stand trial is necessary to ensure a fair process and to do justice."

The Office of the Forensic Examiner said in August that it was awaiting records from the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, Catholic Medical Center, Elliot Health Systems and the Hillsborough House of Correction, according to court records.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the workplace injuries. But because of the federal shutdown, there was no one to provide an update Tuesday.

mcousineau@unionleader.com


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