A forensic evaluation has been ordered for Sean Finneganâ€”one of two defendants in a murder, sex crimes, and kidnapping case in Oak Ridgeâ€”at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.
The forensic evaluation was ordered last Tuesday by Anderson County General Sessions Court Judge Roger Miller. The order was based upon a petition by the defense and a recommendation from Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services. Finnegan, 52, had an evaluation scheduled at Ridgeview in Oak Ridge on August 31.
Under the new order, he is to be evaluated at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Instituteâ€”Intensive Services Program for a maximum of 30 days regarding his competency to stand trial and his mental condition at the time of the alleged crimes (the insanity defense).
IQ testing is to be included in the evaluation, the order said. The mental health evaluation is also expected to include a finding about whether Finnegan meets specific criteria for being committed.
It’s not unusual for defendants in homicide cases to have a mental health evaluation of this type. The results are generally not available to the public.[Read more…]