CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - The man accused of throwing his daughter to her death back in January of 2015 was not in court this morning, partially because he's apparently not taking all of his medications.
John Jonchuck Jr. was due in court to hear the results of his latest mental competence evaluation. He had previously been found incompetent to stand trial, but was being evaluated to determine if medication could restore him to a point where he could face his first-degree murder charges.
"There were some issues with Mr. Jonchuck in the jail since he got back from the state hospital," the judge announced this morning, citing information from the detention deputies. "I had anticipated having him come over. I have never met him. I wanted to meet him; I wanted him to be in court."
Attorneys for Jonchuck said they had planned to ask for further evaluations anyway.
"We have real concerns about his stability and how he's doing," one attorney said.
"Is he on or off his meds?" the judge asked.
"He's not on all of them," the attorney replied, after a momentary pause.
Without any objections from prosecutors, the judge assigned a doctor to re-examine Jonchuck for competency to stand trial. A status check was set for April 26.