Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia: Man accused of breaking into plane not competent for trial

A Charleston man who allegedly broke into an airplane at Yeager Airport “just to see” how it felt isn’t competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Daylen Wayne Brightwell, 21, will be sent to William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston for treatment, per the ruling of Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman.

Kaufman’s ruling said Brightwell was likely to regain competency with medical treatment, and the judge scheduled another hearing for Dec. 15.

Brightwell’s attorney, John Danford, had asked for a competency evaluation for his client.

Brightwell was charged with breaking and entering on July 7, after employees at Yeager Airport discovered he boarded an airplane in a restricted area of the airport earlier that day.

He had already been in and out of the airplane before an airport employee called for help with a shirtless man in the ticket lobby at about 2:30 a.m. The employee described Brightwell as “unpredictable” during the encounter.

While he was being arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Brightwell rapped for law enforcement officers and media, and became increasingly angry when asked to sign his bail agreement for $100,000.

He was still listed as an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail Wednesday afternoon. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wvgazettemail.com

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