CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Dunbar man accused of attempted murder will undergo more psychological evaluation before his case can be resolved.
Franklin Delano Beverly, 31, was arrested Oct. 11, 2012 after Joe Green, 21, of Dunbar was shot multiple times at an apartment complex near Shawnee Park.
Beverly told police that Green had struck his pregnant girlfriend in the belly a week earlier and the shooting was done in retaliation.
In court Tuesday, Beverly's defense attorney and a prosecutor both said they have been unable to confirm that the girlfriend, in fact, exists.
Dr. Taniya Pradhan evaluated Beverly at Sharpe Hospital in Weston and reported last month that he was competent to stand trial. But she told Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach at Tuesday's hearing that she also had been unable to corroborate his story about a girlfriend.
Giggenbach said, "If the girlfriend is made up and his defense is based on that, then he is not competent for assisting with that defense, right?"
Court-appointed public defense attorney Tom Price told the judge Beverly's mother was unaware that her son had a girlfriend or was married at the time.
"I've made efforts to find out who this is," Price said. "And not been able to determine that she exists."