CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Nitro man who shot at his neighbor's home believing the occupants were practicing witchcraft has been approved to make occasional trips away from his mental facility.
Joel Marshall Turley, 57, was determined to be incompetent to stand trial in October 2011. He was ordered to be taken to Sharpe Hospital in Weston, and later was transferred to River Park Hospital in Huntington.
On Monday, his attorney requested that Turley be allowed by the court to leave that facility twice a month for staff-supervised outings.
Tyler Reed, a River Park social worker, told Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King that she considered Turley a danger to himself and others if he was not carefully supervised and adequately medicated.
She said the request to take Turley on outings to stores or restaurants came from the treatment team at River Park.
She said the exercise would "be so we can observe him out in the community."
Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris said the victim of Turley's shooting spree isn't happy about the new development.
"He heard he would be released. He was scared and upset," Morris said.