Closing arguments are expected later this week in the trial of a 55-year-old Guemes Island man charged in Skagit County Superior Court with attempted murder. The trial began April 11.
Charles Feld was found competent to stand trial during a hearing last month. He’s been committed to a mental health facility several times and has refused to cooperate with lawyers and his doctors, court records state.
Feld is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault, arson, unlawful possession of a firearm and felony harassment.
The case has gone on more than two years.
Court documents say an April 2, 2010 confrontation escalated over a dispute about a rototiller Feld had rented from his neighbor. Feld allegedly threw a mixture of gasoline and chemicals on the man and a friend and threatened to light them on fire. He then fired several rounds from a pistol but hit no one.
While the two men were being treated, authorities received a report of a fire at his neighbor’s home. It was destroyed.
Feld turned himself in to deputies the next morning.
After his arrest, Feld was diagnosed with an unspecified psychotic disorder by a psychologist at Western State Hospital.
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