Centralia man found unfit to stand trial in sword assault on brother

MARION COUNTY — A 48-year-old Centralia man has been found mentally unfit to stand trial in a Marion County Court case accusing him of multiple charges stemming from an altercation with his brother earlier this year that reportedly involved a baseball bat and a sword.

Dewayne Whipple
(Source: MCSO)

Dewayne Whipple is charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including Class X home invasion and Class 3 aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Dr. Daniel Cuneo has found Whipple mentally unfit to stand trial on the charges but in court Tuesday, Cuneo said fitness could be retained within a year.

Whipple was subsequently remanded to the custody of the Department of Human Services for treatment.

According to Centralia police reports; there was a possible love triangle between Dewayne Whipple, his brother Dickie, and a woman that Dewayne reportedly ran into at Farm Fresh.

Dewayne went with the woman to a Centralia home where she reportedly lived with Dickie.

Dewayne entered the home uninvited and the two brothers faced off, Dewayne with a sword and Dickie with a bat.

Dickie called 911 and reported someone at his home with a knife attempting to stab him. No injuries were reported.

Officers arrived on the scene and took Dewayne into custody for alleged aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and home invasion.