A 25-year-old Cotter man appeared in court last week, called Circuit Court Judge Gordon Webb by his first name several times and cursed twice during his brief appearance.
Sallee was fortunate not be held in contempt by the judge. The judge’s discretion likely stemmed from the fact that while a mental evaluation for Sallee has been ordered, the Arkansas State Hospital has not scheduled one yet, despite several months having passed.
Sallee is accused of entering a Mountain Home hair salon on March 6 of this year and telling a woman in the business she was going to die within hours. Sallee reportedly told the woman God had “chosen” him and that she would end up in heaven with super powers, according to the affidavit.
In his court appearance last week, Sallee expressed displeasure with the speed at which his case was moving through the system.
“I just want this done in a timely fashion,” Sallee told the judge.
During the conversation, Sallee cursed twice and called the judge “Gordon” several times. Sallee’s public defender asked the judge to excuse Sallee from the courtroom as there was no further action to take in the case.
After Sallee was escorted from the courtroom by a Baxter County deputy, Webb said Sallee had a point about the length of time the case has taken. The judge further noted the prosecuting attorney has been speaking to state officials regarding the length of time it takes to perform a mental evaluation.
Electronic court records show that on May 3, almost two months after Sallee’s March arrest, the defense filed a motion stating they would rely on a defense of mental disease or defect. On the same day, the defense filed motions requesting Sallee be given mental evaluations to determine both his fitness to proceed and to determine if he could be held criminally liable.
Further records show the court issued orders on May 6 for the state hospital to have the evaluations performed. The evaluations were performed and the court noted they arrived on July 1.
In court last week, Sallee’s attorney told the judge the defense doesn’t agree with the evaluations and wants a second set performed. Judge Webb ordered Sallee to reappear on Jan. 23.
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