CLINTON — Defense attorney David Zimmerman has filed an application for another competency determination for a Clinton woman facing six felony charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a pickaxe attack earlier this year.
Zimmerman filed a renewed application for a competency determination to be completed for Cassandra R. Doran, 25, 215 Third Ave. North. An order for competency evaluation occurred on March 17. Zimmerman in the application states Doran since Aug. 17 has not received any subsequent evaluation regarding her competency. Doran was previously under the care of a psychologist and/or psychiatrist and was the subject of a court commitment. Zimmerman in the application states Doran does not have the present ability to appreciate the charges, understand the proceedings and does not have the present ability to assist effectively in her defense.
District Court Judge Mark Lawson in an order for competency evaluation also found probable cause that Doran is suffering from a mental disorder that may prevent her from appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings or assisting effectively in her defense. Doran will be evaluated by a state psychiatrist at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coralville. The Iowa Medical and Classification Center was directed to provide the court with a written report of the competency evaluation within 10 days of the evaluation. Copies of the competency evaluation shall be marked confidential and be ordered to Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow and Zimmerman.
Doran is charged with attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony; willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony; three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony.
According to the affidavit, shortly before 3 p.m. on Feb. 10, officers were dispatched to the Gazebo, 256 Main Ave., for a female allegedly assaulting the business owner with a pickaxe. A witness had tackled the suspect outside and was holding her down. An officer arrived on scene and secured Doran in handcuffs. Doran’s shirt was ripped and she was covered in blood. Doran had a small laceration to her hand.
An officer upon arrival made contact with Doran, who allegedly admitted to having an altercation with a subject inside the store. The alleged victim was laying on the floor, which was covered in broken glass and porcelain. The officer noticed the alleged victim had a puncture to his right hand and his right cheek was bleeding. The alleged victim said Doran came into the store and grabbed a pickaxe they had for sale. Doran allegedly started swinging the axe and breaking items in the store without saying a word. The alleged victim said he had never met Doran before. The damage was valued at $2,500.
The affidavit continues the alleged victim’s wife was in the store and watched Doran swing the pickaxe toward her husband. The wife ran out the front door and into another business to call 911. A citizen went to the business to help. The witness saw Doran leaving the store and tackled her before she could get away. The alleged victim was transported to Mercy North Hospital for treatment. The alleged victim’s injuries included a broken jaw, stab wound to the jaw, chest, arm and hand.
The affidavit states while on scene officers were approached by a citizen who noticed damage to Sterling Federal Bank. The damage to the bank was valued at $1,500. A front windshield to a 2008 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked in the Sterling Federal Bank parking lot, was broken. An officer noticed dents and scratches on the hood of the Jeep. Damage to the Jeep was estimated at $1,200.