THOMPSON FALLS — The psychiatric evaluation of a Missoula man charged with killing a Dixon resident and cutting the throat of his wife could take another month.
The evaluation of Nathan Lee William Calvert, 32, of Missoula at Montana State Hospital was ordered by District Judge Kim Christopher.
Court records say Calvert told investigators he was high on synthetic marijuana, or "spice," at the time of the attack and had been using the drug on a daily basis for more than a week.
Calvert was charged with deliberate homicide in the Dec. 6 death of 61-year-old Doug Morigeau, who was stabbed 54 times, and with the attempted deliberate homicide of Cheryl Morigeau, whose throat was cut.
Christopher entered not guilty pleas on Calvert's behalf in February.
Sanders County Attorney Bob Zimmerman told Christopher on Tuesday that Calvert was expected to be at the state hospital in Warm Springs for another 30 days.
The Morigeaus had just finished dinner and were watching television when Calvert "came barreling into the residence," charging documents said. Cheryl Morigeau escaped out a back door and ran to a nearby relative's house for help.
Responding officers said they found Calvert outside the house with a bloody hunting knife and a bloody rifle. The suspect told them that he used the rifle to beat Morigeau after the attack "because he would not die," court records said.
Cheryl Calvert was treated for critical injuries at a Seattle hospital.
Christopher is due back in court on May 21.