CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A defense attorney told a judge Tuesday that a man who was mistakenly freed from jail by a Kanawha judge last month intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jeremy Lee Carter, 33, of Tennessee was indicted on a charge of attempted kidnapping in April. He was arrested last fall and accused of trying to snatch a child from a stroller in South Charleston.
Circuit Judge Carrie Webster signed an order in Carter's case that a circuit clerk apparently interpreted as a dismissal, prompting the jail release. The judge at first took responsibility for the error but later said the fault belonged to the clerk who didn't read the order correctly.
That action sparked an investigation by the state Supreme Court.
Carter was apprehended four days after his release at a home on Riverside Drive in South Charleston. He was returned to jail and his $150,000 bond was reinstated.
On Tuesday, Carter appeared in court for his arraignment, but his defense attorney, Dennis Bailey, asked the judge to defer the hearing.
Bailey said, "He has undergone a psychological evaluation and found to be competent, but the issue of criminal responsibility is different."
Authorities have said Carter has been in and out of mental health treatment most of his life.
Bailey and Assistant Prosecutor Ken Starcher said they expect Carter to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at his next court appearance, scheduled for later this month.