Kenneth Doolin : “Man Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Connection to Deadly Preble County Fire”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Man Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Connection to Deadly Preble County Fire

PREBLE COUNTY — A man accused of starting a deadly fire in Preble County in September has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Anthony Luker Jr., 24, entered the insanity plea last week in Preble County Common Pleas Court, according to online court records.

Luker is facing several charges, including reckless homicide, having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, and grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordinance. Judge Stephen Bruns has ordered a forensic evaluation to determine Luker’s competency to stand trial. The forensic report is expected to be completed within 30 days.

As a result of the pending evaluation, Judge Bruns has postponed Luker’s trial, which was previously scheduled for December 18.

The incident occurred on September 7 when Preble County firefighters were dispatched to the 6500 block of State Route 121 near New Paris following reports of a mobile home fire and someone trapped inside. A 911 call revealed that the fire was started by fireworks, and there was a man still trapped in the home.

Kenneth Doolin, 57, of New Paris, was identified as the person killed in the fire. Luker was allegedly seen leaving the scene in a Buick Century that belonged to Doolin. He was later apprehended in Richmond, Indiana, and extradited back to Preble County.

The plea of not guilty by reason of insanity opens up a new avenue for Luker’s defense, as it suggests that he was not mentally responsible for his actions at the time of the incident. The upcoming forensic evaluation will play a crucial role in determining Luker’s mental state and whether he is fit to stand trial.

The tragic fire has left the community in shock, and the proceedings surrounding Luker’s case have drawn significant attention. The delay in the trial allows for a thorough evaluation of Luker’s mental health, ensuring a fair trial for all parties involved.

As the investigation and legal proceedings continue, the community mourns the loss of Kenneth Doolin and hopes for a just resolution in this heartbreaking case.

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