Mental exam ordered for inmate who escaped Detroit courthouse

Mental exam ordered for inmate who escaped Detroit courthouse

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Abraham Pearson appeared in court on Monday. Abraham Pearson appeared in court on Monday.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A Wayne Co. judge has agree to a competency hearing for the man accused of stabbing a sheriff's deputy and escaping a Detroit courthouse earlier this month.

Judge Dana Hathaway on Monday ordered Abraham Pearson, 25, to undergo a mental examination to see if he's fit to stand trial on charges of assault with intent to murder and 10 other charges.

Defense attorney James Howarth says his client is disturbed and won't respond appropriately.

On Sept. 9, Pearson eluded police for 14 hours after stabbing a sheriff's deputy with a comb and escaping the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

Pearson was held without bond. His next scheduled court date is Nov. 18, FOX 2's Roop Raj reports.

Authorities say that 63-year-old Wayne County Deputy Harrison Tolliver was stabbed in the neck with the sharpened end of a plastic comb while taking off Pearson's handcuffs in a courtroom holding area.

Pearson fled and hid in a vacant house as officers scoured Detroit for him.

Tolliver was treated for his injuries.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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