SAVANNAH - A federal magistrate has granted an order asking for a mental evaluation of a former soldier accused of crashing a Humvee into the Fort Stewart headquarters building Monday.
U.S. Magistrate Brian Epps granted the government’s request that Treamon Dominic Lacy undergo a psychiatric evaluation, to be conducted at a facility chosen by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
“Based on the evidence presented at the initial appearance, and for the reasons stated on the record, there is reasonable cause to believe Defendant may suffer from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense,” Judge Epps wrote in his order, issued Thursday.
In his initial court appearance Tuesday before Judge Epps, Lacy was advised of his rights and the charges against him. He waived a preliminary hearing and has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals.
Lacy, 38, was charged with theft of government property and destruction of government property. Lacy, a retired soldier, was booked into the Liberty County Jail on Monday.
Fort Stewart Police, along with Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division agents, detained Lacy at the headquarters building immediately following the incident.
Lacy served in the Army from June 2002 to July 2013 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic, obtaining the rank of staff sergeant. He deployed to Iraq twice during his Army career.