Not guilty plea for Washington mental patient
The evaluation will determine whether Elliott Goodin, 40, is competent to stand trial.
A not guilty plea was entered for him Wednesday at his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court and he's held without bail.
The News Tribune reports that although Paul Montefusco, 28, had been stabbed in the ear his death Friday at the Lakewood hospital was caused by strangling.
Goodin told authorities they fought after Montefusco entered his room and tried to choke him.
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