Mental Evaluation Ordered for Man Accused of Shooting Neighbors

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man charged with attempting to kill his next door neighbors just over a year ago will undergo another psychiatric evaluation and a judge suspended any proceedings pending the results in the case Monday.

Joseph Pham, 42, of Cedar Rapids, will undergo a state mental evaluation to determine if he is suffering from a mental disorder that prevents him "from appreciating the charge, understanding proceedings or assisting effectively in the defense," Sixth Judicial District Judge Douglas Russell stated in his order.

Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of shooting multiple times at Brian Wilson, 39, his daughter Jayde Wilson and Tracy Moses in June 2012 at Moses' home. Brian Wilson was hit three times and seriously wounded.

Pham's previous attorney asked the court to conduct a mental evaluation last year and he was found competent, but this evaluation was requested by the state. Pham is claiming diminished responsibility as his defense.

A hearing on Pham's competency is set 11 a.m. July 31, in Linn County District Court. The judge should have the complete evaluation at that time.

Members of Pham’s family told The Gazette after the shooting they have been subjected to racial harassment for years because they are Vietnamese, first by Moses’ ex-husband when he lived in the home, and then by Brian Wilson.
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