Death threat charges dropped against man

Francisco C. Delarosa was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial

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WALLA WALLA — Charges against a man accused of threatening to kill local officials in May have been dismissed in Superior Court because he is not mentally competent for his case to proceed.

Francisco C. Delarosa, 53, of 1029 W. Willow St., had been charged with six counts of felony harassment.

But an evaluation conducted for the defense by clinical psychologist Philip Barnard of Richland concluded that Delarosa suffers from a mental disease or defect, is dangerous, not mentally competent and was criminally insane when the alleged crimes occurred.

An evaluation by Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake also was ordered.

Based on the records, Judge Scott Wolfram signed an order Friday determining that Delarosa isn’t competent, “nor is there a reasonable probability that (he) will become competent to proceed to trial in the foreseeable future.”

The order, agreed to by defense attorney Jerry Makus and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King, specifies that Delarosa will remain at Eastern State Hospital to be evaluated for a civil commitment.

The parties will be notified of the outcome. The criminal case can be refiled in the future if King deems it necessary.

Officials said that on the morning of May 21, Delarosa called a police officer and left a message threatening to shoot Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle, a different Walla Walla police officer and a relative of that officer.

“(Delarosa) ends the threat by saying, ‘Don’t come arrest me or I will shoot you!,’” according to a police report filed in court.

He also was accused of threatening to kill the officer he called, in addition to retired Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht.

Delarosa was arrested at his residence the afternoon of May 21 and booked into the County Jail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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