DECATUR — A 31-year-old Mount Zion man who police say tried to kill his parents in a wild car chase in which he repeatedly shot at their vehicle has now been judged mentally fit to stand trial.

The ruling was made in Macon County Circuit Court Friday after the court reviewed a mental health evaluation of Casey T. Wiley. He told the court he wanted to represent himself and the appointment of a public defender was vacated; a pretrial hearing is now scheduled for Aug. 8.

Wiley has been held in custody since his arrest June 21, 2018, and is being held in lieu of posting $760,000 bond. He has previously pleaded not guilty to a slate of more than 20 charges that include: two counts of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a weapon at an occupied vehicle and three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Wiley also faces charges of intimidation involving physical harm, reckless discharge of a firearm, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

And in a parallel case that stems from the same incident, Wiley has pleaded not guilty to armed violence, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He further denies aggravated battery to a person over 60, aggravated assault, two counts of domestic battery and another count of reckless driving.

Sworn Mount Zion police and Decatur police affidavits said Wiley had arrived at the Mount Zion home of his then 62-year-old mother intoxicated and angry early in the morning of June 21, 2018. She told police he threatened her with a handgun, repeatedly touching the barrel to her head and slapping her face several times before stealing her cell phone.

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His mother told police she later managed to walk to the nearby home of her ex-husband, and Wiley’s father, and then they fled to Decatur, pursued by Wiley who repeatedly rammed their vehicle and shot at their car, hitting it several times.

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll with Decatur police had said the chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph before Wiley crashed into a power pole on East Eldorado Street. Wiley had fled on foot, police said, trying to hijack another vehicle before jumping into Lake Decatur near the Beach House Restaurant where he was cornered and arrested by converging police units.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

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