Medical furlough ordered in bank robbery case

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By Melissa Blankenship


At a preliminary hearing Monday, Corey Washburn was awarded a medical furlough so he could pursue in-patient treatment for mental health issues.

On Aug. 9 Washburn was charged with first degree robbery when he grabbed a stack of cash from a teller’s window at United Citizens Bank in New Castle. A customer detained Washburn until police arrived and took the 21-year-old into custody.

At his hearing, his public defender explained her client had established competency issues.

“He was found incompetent April 18, 2013,” said Jessica Schulte. “It was reported that he may be able to regain competency if he received medication, but at this time he is not medically compliant with treatment. He will likely have further and on-going competency issues.”

Washburn’s mother, Crystal Washburn Franklin, was in court to speak on her son’s behalf. She was prepared to take him to a treatment facility upon his release from jail for a walk-in evaluation. 

“My concern is that if I release him to you and you get down there and he doesn’t qualify for in-patient then he’ll be treated as an out-patient,” said District Court Judge Diana Wheeler. “I’m not comfortable with that until he gets back on his medication.”

Schulte advised that Washburn was on suicide watch at the jail and she anticipated he would meet the qualifications to be admitted to a facility.

“He’s been hospitalized 41 times in the last three years,” Washburn’s mother told the court. “They’ve never not admitted him.”

Still uncomfortable with the possibility that Washburn would not be admitted for in-patient treatment, Wheeler contacted Our Lady of Peace to arrange an evaluation at the Shelby County Detention Center. Washburn has been a patient at the facility before, according to Franklin.

“We anticipate that they will probably recommend in-patient treatment,” Schulte said. 

“If you take him and they don’t keep him, you have to bring him back to jail,” Wheeler advised Washburn’s mother. “If they don’t accept him or he walks away from treatment, you must return him to the jail.”

Another issue to address was a Jefferson County warrant for criminal mischief.  Wheeler advised Franklin to pay the bond amount on that charge and inform Jefferson County of her son’s situation.

“I am releasing him for purposes of in-patient treatment,” Wheeler ruled. “Before I make any other determinations on his bond, I’ll need a report on the recommendations of his discharge summary.”

Details regarding Washburn’s mental health were sealed into his file. The court will re-evaluate Washburn’s progress on Sept. 15.