Jouett medical services at issue in hearing

 

September 22, 2018

Kevin Wilson

Nathaniel Jouett is led to his seat by security Friday morning at the Curry County Courthouse.

CLOVIS — Nathaniel Jouett, the now-17-year-old accused of killing two and injuring four in last year's library shooting, returned to court Friday for a hearing regarding his medical services.

Correct Care Solutions, which provides medical services at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, had requested to see Jouett's medical records. That request was denied.

Defense attorney Stephen Taylor told 5th Judicial District Judge James Hudson, who presided by video, that without Taylor's knowledge, CCS had approached Jouett in the jail and had him sign a release of information seeking medical records from Mental Health Resources.

Taylor said when he talked to Jouett, he told Taylor that he did not really understand what the release meant.

CCS Regional Vice President Cory Turco told Hudson that CCS requested the records because it's uncommon for medical providers to administer medication without seeing a doctor's order.

Hudson asked Turco if the judge's court order to administer Jouett's medication was legally sufficient - to which Turco responded yes - and said that the release Jouett was asked to sign included "a whole panoply of medical information" beyond just the doctor's order Turco mentioned.


"Mr. Turco I'm a little bit at a loss and ... I've got to tell you I question the legal advice you may have gotten that you can present a release to a minor without knowledge of his parents, without knowledge of in this case his attorney, and try to get not simply doctor's orders but all medical information ... much of which it does not appear to me you have any need for," Hudson said.

Hudson asked if providing a "discrete doctor's orders for specific medication" to CCS would solve the issue, and 9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, Mental Health Resources Inc. Executive Director Christopher Tokarski, Taylor and Turco all agreed it would.

Reeb and Taylor both told The News following the hearing that they believe the issue of Jouett's medication had been resolved.

"We're hopeful that it's been resolved and Nathaniel will get consistent care and treatment moving forward," Taylor said.

Near the end of the 20-minute court hearing, Hudson scheduled an arraignment on Jouett's amended charges to take place Oct. 30.

According to court records filed on Wednesday, two counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony and one count of aggravated battery were dismissed.

Also five counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony were modified to four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of abuse of a child.

"It didn't increase the penalty; if anything it let some of them off a little bit," Reeb said during the hearing.

 
 

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