Attorney for Ronald Exantus not confident in competency ruling


VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Nearly 10 months after 6-year-old Logan Tipton was stabbed to death at his home in Versailles, the man accused in the case – Ronald Exantus – appeared in court for a competency hearing.

In a police citation, Exantus first admitted to stabbing Tipton before claiming he has no recollection of the events of last December. On Tuesday, Dr. Amy Trivette, with the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center (KCPC,) testified that she believed Exantus is competent to stand trial.

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Exantus underwent a psychiatric evaluation from February to May of 2016. Dr. Trivette says during that time Exantus was given medication for anxiety and depression.

In today’s hearing, doctors revealed a little bit more about Exantus and his background.  Prior to Logan Tipton’s death, Exantus was employed as a registered nurse in Indiana.  He grew up in Florida and attended college there.  He was married and divorced in 2013, and has three children.

Doctors say Exantus told them he was on his way to Florida the night Tipton was killed.

Doctors also say Exantus had no legal or psychiatric history prior to the death.

Attorney Bridgette Hofler Told ABC 36 that she believes Exantus had some type of psychotic break and that medical professionals could not explain why. Hofler also explained her lack of confidence in winning this hearing.

“I seriously doubt we’re going to win this hearing so why waste something on something you can’t win.”

Family for Logan Tipton, as they always have, attended court Tuesday morning.

“There is no justice for the family. It’s all about him, the criminal, the defendant in there has all the rights and we have none and it’s ridiculous,” says Dean Tipton, Logan’s father.

He’s frustrated with how long the process is taking.

“We need a speedy trial, my kids need a speedy trial to get this over with.”

The competency hearing will continue on November 2nd.