CHEYENNE – A man accused of attacking a person with a machete has been deemed competent to stand trial, it was announced Thursday morning in Laramie County District Court.
Lamont Dion Walker has been charged with aggravated assault and battery with bodily injury with a deadly weapon. At his arraignment on June 20, he entered a plea of not guilty by way of mental illness.
Walker’s defense attorney raised no objections to the competency ruling at his status hearing.
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According to court documents:
Walker said he struck the victim with the machete because of “reports of dead bodies being dumped at Walmart,” and he was protecting himself.
On the night of the incident, Walker allegedly got out of his semitruck and struck the victim — whom he called the devil — on the arm. The incident occurred Feb. 5 on North Industrial Road.
The victim was able to run away and call police. Witnesses at the scene were able to verify the victim’s claims. When officers arrived on scene, the victim had a long red mark on the arm from being hit with the machete.