Hearing postponed in stabbing case

SANDPOINT — A preliminary hearing in an attempted murder case is being postponed so the defendant can undergo a neurological examination.

James Leverne “Vern” Carlton is slated to be evaluated today at a Spokane Valley, Wash., according to court documents.

Bonner County Public Defender Janet Whitney moved for the evaluation after he disclosed during a psychological examination that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury. Neither the circumstances nor the date of the injury are disclosed in court records.

Bonner County Magistrate Court Judge Debra Heise granted the motion on Nov. 12.

Carlton, 60, of Post Falls, is accused of attempting to kill his estranged wife at her home north of Priest River on Sept. 30.

The 61-year-old woman survived the attack, despite being stabbed in the chest and elsewhere, court documents indicate.

The alleged victim filed for divorce in the wake of the attack and said in court filings that financial gain may have served as a partial motivation for the attempt on her life. Carlton is the beneficiary of the woman’s retirement account, valued in excess of $100,000, in the event of her death.

The woman is seeking summary judgment in the divorce proceedings, which her civil counsel argues would lessen the danger to his client if Carlton was no longer the beneficiary.

A hearing on the motion is set for next month.

Read More News

EgyptAir says plane carrying 66 has disappeared from radar

AP

May 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm | EgyptAir says a flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning

Read More

Terror of Sri Lankan landslides: 'All I could do was scream'

AP

May 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm | Heavy rains Thursday continued to pound the central Sri Lankan region where at least three villages have already been swallowed by mountains of mud, forcing army soldiers and police to suspend rescue...

Read More

Asian stocks slip after Fed raises chance of rate hike

AP

May 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm | Most Asian stock markets sank on Thursday after the Fed surprise investors by signaling that an interest rate hike is on the cards if economic conditions keep improving

Read More

Incumbents claim primary victories

May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Late-arriving ballots may have delayed the outcome, but by the time the final ballots were counted, incumbents in District 1 legislative races were victorious.And by the...

Read More