Man accused of attack had mental health exam

DETROIT (AP) — The lawyer for a man accused of stabbing a sheriff’s deputy in the neck and carjacking a motorist in Detroit says his client’s mental health was an issue in a past criminal case.

Defense attorney James Howarth told The Associated Press that 25-year-old Derreck White has experienced hallucinations. Howarth says White wouldn’t have acted this way “in his right mind” and “something is very wrong.”

White’s Monday morning escape prompted a courthouse lockdown and a manhunt. He’s accused of stabbing a deputy with a sharp comb. The deputy is injured but OK.

White was supposed to be sentenced Monday after a recent conviction on carjacking and other charges. His attorney says he was found competent to stand trial after a mental health exam. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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