Lafayette Square Stabbing A 48-year-old homeless man accused of stabbing three tourists in Lafayette Square on Tuesday was ordered yesterday to undergo a 45-day inpatient mental health evaluation.
Stanley R. Battle is charged with assault with intent to kill in the stabbing of the three men and the cutting of a woman's sweater in the square, just a few hundred yards from the White House.
Battle has a history of mental illness, according to a report filed in D.C. Superior Court by a psychologist.
During a 45-minute interview with the psychologist, Battle said he heard voices, and "the content of his speech was sometimes bizarre," the report said.
The psychologist concluded that Battle was "incompetent to participate in court proceedings."
In court documents, a uniformed Secret Service officer wrote that Battle was screaming, "You! You! You!" as he stabbed his victims, who had just completed a White House tour.
Double Shooting A man was killed and a woman was critically wounded in a double shooting late last night in the Fair Lakes area, Fairfax County police said.
Officers responded to a call about gunshots in the 12700 block of Fair Crest Court just before 10:30 p.m. Police found a man dead at the scene, and authorities transported a woman to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Lt. Richard Perez, a police spokesman.
Shortly after the shootings, officers took a man into custody at the nearby Fair Lakes shopping center. Police released no details about the victims' identities last night.
Jail Suicide Attempt An Ashburn man accused of hacking up his wife, stuffing her body in a suitcase and leaving it in a South Riding trash bin in June 2004 apparently tried to commit suicide in a Leesburg jail cell, authorities said.
Praveen Mandanapu was taken to a hospital Oct. 27 after ingesting several anti-psychotic pills that authorities believe he got from another inmate, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman said. He was released from the hospital the next evening.
Mandanapu's trial in the death of Divya Mandanapu, which was scheduled to begin Monday, was postponed pending competency evaluations.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.