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January 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Judge orders forced treatment for Tacoma suspect

The Associated Press

TACOMA — A judge has ordered that a Tacoma man be forcibly injected with anti-psychotic drugs so that he can stand trial on robbery, attempted rape and other charges.

Andrake Morris quit taking medications voluntarily in November for the voices he hears in his head. He’ll be treated at Western State Hospital to restore competency.

At a hearing Wednesday a psychiatrist testified medication would help him understand the charges against him and help his defense lawyers.

The News Tribune reports he’s accused of attacking five women over a year. The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty and is held on $2 million bail.

Defense lawyer Michael Schwartz argued against the forced medication, saying Morris has other mental disabilities that could prevent him from ever standing trial.

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