Man charged with stabbing mother ruled fit for trial

LISBON – A Salem man accused of stabbing his mother multiple times was found able to understand his actions following a psychiatric evaluation.

Judge Scott Washam read a report from the Forensic Psychiatric Center which said Derek Ball, 24, understood the wrongfulness of his actions. Washam declared the case would be returned to the active docket.

Ball’s attorney, James Hartford, noted the examiner found Ball had a major depressive disorder after the alleged stabbing and there were signs of use of controlled substances and alcohol.

Hartford also indicated he had informed his client about the possibility of getting another evaluation from an independent psychiatrist, but Ball told him he did not wish to have another evaluation conducted. Hartford followed up by asking Ball if he is currently utilizing any prescription drugs while incarcerated and a list of three was given. However, Ball said they were not affecting his ability to understand what was happening in the courtroom on Thursday.

A status conference was set for July 2.

Ball was living on Home Circle in Salem when he and his mother, Josee Wilson, reportedly argued on Jan. 12. Ball allegedly stabbed her multiple times. After the attack Ball reportedly fled the Home Circle home, and Salem police found him about an hour later by following a trail of blood to a neighboring backyard. He was hospitalized with what police described as self-inflicted wounds to both arms.

He is charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.