A Roseburg man accused of trying to murder his father with an ax in January may change his plea to guilty except for insanity, according to his lawyer.
Hunter Chambers Goldberg, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He is suspected of attacking his 73-year-old father as the elder man sat in a chair in the living room of their home in the 600 block of Rio Nes Lane east of Roseburg on Jan. 23.
Goldberg appeared today in Douglas County Circuit Court, where Judge Ronald Poole urged lawyers to set a trial date before the court’s calendar fills up.
The defendant already has been evaluated at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, where he was found capable of aiding in his defense and was sent back to Douglas County to stand trial.
Defense lawyer Ann Marie Simmons told Poole that Goldberg is being further evaluated and a report should be available in the next couple of weeks. The defense has entered a notice that Goldberg will probably change his plea to guilty except for insanity if the state agrees. The lawyers agreed to tentatively set a trial for Nov. 5.
Goldberg is in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.
The father suffered a gash from his nose to the left side of his cheek, according to court records.
Goldberg pleaded no contest a year ago to animal abuse and attempted animal abuse. Oregon State Police arrested Goldberg in late December 2011 after receiving a report of a suspicious man in the Melrose area. Goldberg told a trooper he was planning to steal and sacrifice a goat and that he had sacrificed a goat before.
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