A Guy resident accused of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at his father in November has been found fit for trial.
Shawn C. Sivils, 37, was charged with attempted murder, conveyance of a terroristic act, first-degree terroristic threatening and aggravated assault after he reportedly took two of his father’s firearms and fired two shots toward his father when confronted about the theft on Nov. 12, 2018.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office was called to the residence in question on Orchard Road, just off of Cotton Hill Road in northern Faulkner County, around 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12.
The now-37-year-old’s mother was the first to call police. The woman called 911 shortly after she and her husband returned home from Little Rock to find two .357 revolvers had been taken from their bedroom. The two suspected their son and when the suspect’s father went down to the basement to confront Sivils, the suspect reportedly began to shoot at his father, according to reports.
Sivils’ father was able to pin him down until sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene.
The attempted murder suspect appeared Thursday in Faulkner County Circuit Court after the defendant’s previous defense attorney requested he undergo a mental evaluation.
There are two evaluations regarding criminal proceedings that can be conducted by hospital staff when determining if a client is OK for trial — fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility.
While the 37-year-old was recently found fit for trial by Arkansas State Hospital staff, Matthew P. McKay, who now represents the Guy man, has asked that a criminal responsibility exam also be conducted.
During a criminal responsibility exam, the evaluator will determine if the defendant has any mental illnesses and if the defendant exhibited any symptoms of a mental illness at the time of the alleged crime. Arkansas State Hospital staff will also determine during said exam whether Sivils understands what he is accused of and the possible criminal outcome of his trial as well as the roles court officials and attorneys play.
Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson Jr. on Thursday signed an order to have the criminal responsibility exam conducted in this case, as well as in the subsequent case Sivils was charged in.
Records show the defendant was also charged in a separate felony case stemming from his incarceration at the Faulkner County Detention Center the night he reportedly shot at his father.
Sivils was booked into the county jail at 10:54 p.m. on the night in question. About 30 minutes later, jail staff noticed “a strange smell as if something was burning” and soon found Sivils had set the jail cell at Unit II on fire, according to an affidavit.
Following Thursday’s ruling, Sivils is scheduled to appear next on Aug. 27 to follow-up on the criminal responsibility exam.