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Phillips to get mental evaluation

"The arraignment of Johnny Phillips, accused of shooting the East Bremerton woman with whom he shared an apartment, was delayed until 3 p.m. Dec. 13, to allow time for Phillips to undergo a mental evaluation.Phillips, 85, appeared before Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Karlynn Haberly today to be officially transferred to Western State Hospital in Steilacoom. Phillips' attorney, Michael Nkosi of Bremerton, said Phillips will formally enter a plea at his Dec. 13 court appearance. Nkosi said they plan to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.The action was pretty much expected by the family of the victim, Debra Gordon.We thought it would be the obvious next step, said Gordon's father, Gordon Sloan.The families of Gordon and Phillips continued to console one another outside the Port Orchard courtroom after the arraignment was delayed Monday, Nov. 27. Phillips' niece, Nadine, arrived from California just after his appearance. She stood at the corner of a hallway where prisoners are led back to the jail, so that Phillips would see her when he came out of the courtroom.Uncle John, it's me, Nadine. Don't you know me? she said as he passed.But Phillips didn't respond, or even look up as he passed his niece.Maj. Jim Baker, commander of the Bremerton Salvation Army and pastor of the Salvation Army Church Gordon and Phillips attended, said he will try to visit the suspect.I'll try to go in as a pastor. As of Friday they were not accepting visitors, he said.Phillips, 85, remained in the Kitsap County Jail with bail set at $500,000.He is charged with one count of second degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.Phillips allegedly shot Gordon, 45, once in the head with a .38-caliber revolver as she lay in bed after a discussion Nov. 14 at the Canyon Park Apartments, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's detectives.Gordon's 15-year old son, who has Down Syndrome, was in the apartment at the time, but was unharmed.Phillips was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder after an apparent suicide attempt. "

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