Teen Charged with Murdering Grandparents Ordered to Psychiatric Hospital


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A Washington County Circuit Court judge has ordered Joseph Minoglio be transported to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation to see if he is competent to stand trial.

The 19-year-old is facing more than a dozen charges in connection to the stabbing murder of his grandparents, Peggy and Joseph Michael Minoglio on March 15.

Meanwhile, court documents show Minoglio's attorney is intending to use an insanity defense.

Minoglio turned himself into authorities shortly after his grandparents were found stabbed to death in their Keedysville home last month.

The judge's transportation order handed down Tuesday will allow him to be moved from the Washington County Detention Center to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup, Maryland.

Court documents reveal Minoglio was ordered to receive a mental health evaluation earlier this month, and his case was allowed a 30 day extension.

Minoglio's defense attorney, David Harbin, has also filed a written plea of "not criminally responsible and competency to stand trial,” alleging Minoglio should not be convicted of the crime because of his mental disorder.

He declined to go on camera, but gave us this statement that reads: "Both his mother and father would like to see him evaluated and treated in a hospital setting as soon as possible and we hope to accomplish that in the coming days. Joseph's father, in particular, continues to grieve over the loss of his parents while at the same time watching his son further deteriorate at the detention center. The correctional officers have done an outstanding job doing what they can for Joseph, but he needs the help that can only be provided by a hospital."

Charging documents confirm his family members told police that Minoglio is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

According to the judge's order, Minoglio will be returned to the detention center after he is cleared by doctors at the psychiatric hospital. Once he returns, he will be required to appear in court for a hearing.

Prosecutors say as of Wednesday morning, Minoglio was still at the detention center and had not yet been transported to the psychiatric hospital.

Minoglio's next court appearance has not been scheduled yet.

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