Judge to Authorize Third Mental Assessment in Kanawha County Double Murder Case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The question of whether a man from Kanawha County who allegedly murdered his parents last year is competent to stand trial remains unanswered.

Takano Kambara

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit on Thursday granted a motion for a third psychological assessment of Takano Kambara.

Kambara, 27, accused of killing his parents on New Years Eve at their home in Loudendale.

Tabit, granting the prosecution’s motion on Thursday for a third examination, said doctors performing the first two exams had come to different conclusions on competence.

“We have a finding of competence this summer, then four months later a finding that he is not competent,” said Tabit.

The last finding of incompetence came from a doctor hired by the defense.

The prosecution will use Dr. David Clayman for the third exam, Petry said.

“I’ve spoken with him and he’s okay with taking that on,” Petry said.

Petry also asked Tabit to conduct a full evidence hearing after Clayman’s report was completed.

Tabit said she will make this decision later.

“Based on what he (Clayman) has to say, then we’ll decide whether or not an evidentiary hearing will be necessary,” Tabit said.

Paintings thrown along Kanawha State Forest Drive on New Year’s Eve alarmed neighbors Tsukasa and Claudette Kambara. Deputies were dispatched to the scene. Investigators believe the couple were killed in bed. They had suffered multiple lacerations.

Kambara remains in the south-central regional prison without bail.

Judge Tabit sealed the first two psychological reports.


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