Phillips arraignment delayed one more time

"The arraignment for Johnny Phillips, who allegedly shot and killed Debra Gordon in their East Bremerton apartment Nov. 14, has had yet another postponement.Phillips, 85, was scheduled to appear in Kitsap County Superior Court in Port Orchard Dec. 13. His attorney, Michael Nkosi of Bremerton, said they planned to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.But Phillips was still at Western Washington State Hospital in Steilacoom, where he was undergoing a psychological evaluation prior to entering his plea, on the day of the scheduled arraignment.Nkosi said Phillips wasn't transported to the state hospital until Dec. 7.The evaluation takes 14 days. If they feel they need more time they can keep him another period of time, said Nkosi.Nkosi said if Phillips is found incompetent, (where) he can't assist in his own defense, or insane, they'll keep him until he's sane enough to participate in his own defense.Nkosi said the county prosecutor will notify him when Phillips is returned from the state hospital, and set a new arraignment date.Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Jones expected to get the evaluation within the week. We'll know more about whether to proceed with an arraignment at that time, she said.Phillips is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the shooting of Gordon, 45, at the Canyon Park Apartments.The two had shared living quarters for about 12 years before the shooting, and Phillips assisted in the care of Gordon's 16-year old son who has Down Syndrome.Friends and family said Phillips had been experiencing memory lapses before the shooting. Maj. Jim Baker of the Salvation Army, for whom Gordon worked as an accountant, said Phillips was becoming forgetful with age, and believed Gordon was mishandling his financial affairs.Speculation about a motive for the shooting is that Gordon might have been planning to move without Phillips.The two were reportedly having a disagreement the night of the shooting. Phillips wanted to talk, but deputies said Gordon had gone to bed. Phillips allegedly shot her once in the head with a .38-caliber revolver as she lay in bed.Gordon's son was also in the apartment at the time but was unharmed, said Lt. Jim Harris of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.Phillips was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder after an apparent suicide attempt at the time. "

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