Accused murderer in Broughton
The man accused of bludgeoning someone to death was transported to a mental hospital last week after a judge ruled the man incapable of standing trial.
Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was taken to Broughton Hospital in Morganton, according to a motion filed Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court. Scherzer is charged with murdering Roland Simmons, 70, at Hickory's Walden House Assisted Living Center.
A representative from the Catawba County Detention Center transported Scherzer to Broughton Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin ruled that same day that Scherzer didn't have the mental capacity to stand trial and needed treatment for mental illness.
Scherzer underwent a mental evaluation in January at Central Regional Hospital in Raleigh, where doctors determined Scherzer displayed a "grossly disorganized" thought process and paranoid delusions. He allegedly told doctors that voices in his head spurred him to kill Simmons.