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Judge orders mental health exam for Decatur man charged in attack at Macon County jail

Judge orders mental health exam for Decatur man charged in attack at Macon County jail


DECATUR — Jarius T. Fuller is going to get a mental health evaluation, despite the fact he insists he doesn’t need one, a judge has ruled. 

Fuller, 33, who has a history of mental illness, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Monday pleading not guilty to two charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer and another two charges of aggravated battery.

His public defender, Scott Rueter, has previously insisted Fuller is not fit to stand trial but Judge Jeffrey Geisler had said in a June hearing he wasn’t sure if Macon County taxpayers should have to foot a bill of around $2,800 for a mental health exam.

But in Monday’s hearing Geisler appeared convinced such an exam was necessary — even as Fuller repeatedly spoke out, trying to insist he didn’t need to see a psychologist. “Your honor, I don’t need that at all; you can do the examination yourself right now,” Fuller told the judge.

Geisler replied “I’m a judge, I am not qualified in that area,” and then told Fuller he was ordering the examination. He had earlier heard from Rueter that Fuller was not taking prescribed medication in the Macon County Jail and was not fit to assist in his own defense.

Fuller continued to yell comments like “this is a waste of time” as he was led out of the courtroom by several Macon County corrections officers, and he was seen to suddenly pull away from one officer who had drawn a stun gun before Fuller quieted down.

The charges against Fuller date to October 2018 when it's alleged he punched and attacked two jail correctional officers and two fellow inmates. Court records show that in June 2009, with Rueter defending, Fuller had been found not guilty by reason of insanity on eight charges including armed robbery, home invasion and aggravated battery to a pregnant victim.

Court records also show Fuller has been in and out of inpatient mental health treatment several times over the last 10 years. He has been repeatedly determined well enough to return to society but then relapsed, needing more care.

A fitness hearing to determine his mental health was scheduled by Geisler for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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