Standoff in barn

04/04/2013

A Tomales man recently arrested for a narcotized standoff with sheriff’s deputies landed in intensified legal trouble last week after officials said his assault of at least one of his family members with a shovel led to another standoff with deputies in a barn in which the suspect brandished a homemade spear.

Timothy Cornett needed medical treatment after he was tased by officials on the Whitaker Bluff Road property on Thursday. A county prosecutor said his office decided to drop a felony attempted murder charge, asking courts that Mr. Cornett instead be convicted of making criminal threats, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Mr. Cornett’s lawyer, Jason Tucker, said the suspect’s family is “very concerned” about him and that he has “mental health issues.”

Mr. Cornett, in custody on a $500,000 bail, has been referred for psychiatric evaluation before a hearing determines whether he is fit to stand trial.

Mr. Tucker, speaking after an arraignment Wednesday, said he needed to review the incident with his client before commenting on the accuracy of sheriff’s records and media reports.