Man Who Gouged Out Woman's Eyes To Stay In Mental Facility

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Michael Roberson
Michael Roberson

Authorities said a man who gouged out a woman's will be kept in a mental facility.

On Sept. 27, 2017, Michael Deshun Roberson attacked a 33-year-old woman, stabbing her several times and gouging out both of her eyes. He was later arrested by Chattanooga Police and charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

 

In Hamilton County Criminal Court on July 11, Roberson was found not guilty by reason of insanity, but was kept in custody pending a review by two psychologists.

 

In Judge Don Poole’s courtroom on Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Coyle said that after reviewing the evaluations from the psychologists, he recommended that Roberson be committed to involuntary treatment in a secure facility.

 

Judge Poole said it was clear to him that Roberson presented a danger to the public and ordered that he be committed to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

 

He added that under no circumstances can Roberson be released without a hearing and permission of the court. 


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