Competency evaluation sought for Delmont man accused of shooting at neighbor | TribLIVE.com
Westmoreland

Competency evaluation sought for Delmont man accused of shooting at neighbor

Renatta Signorini
1788035_web1_kurhansky
Westmoreland County Prison
Terrance Kurhansky

An attorney for a Delmont man accused of trying to kill his neighbor is seeking a judge’s permission to have his client evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Attorney James Crosby wrote in a motion filed in Westmoreland County court Wednesday that he has “serious concerns” about Terrence Kurhansky’s competency.

Kurhansky, 79, was arrested Sept. 17 on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses. Police said he used a homemade 7mm rifle to fire a shot at his 56-year-old neighbor.

Several residents reported hearing a gunshot coming from Kurhansky’s Circle Drive home at 7:45 a.m. The neighbor told police he was standing next to his car when he heard the shot, but didn’t notice the bullet hole in his driver’s side door frame until later, according to court papers.

Kurhansky told investigators he fired one round because he wanted to hurt his neighbor, police said.

He is barred from owning firearms because of a recent court-ordered mental health commitment, according to court papers. In addition to the homemade rifle, police seized 7mm shell casings from a case hidden beneath Kurhansky’s bed and a .22-caliber rifle hidden in his basement.

Crosby asked Judge Timothy Krieger to appoint an expert to evaluate Kurhansky, who remains in the Westmoreland County Prison on $200,000 bail.

A Nov. 12 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.