Toby Willis trial delay #5: Incomplete psychiatric evaluation sets hearing back yet again

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The child rape case of former The Willis Family star Toby Willis has suffered yet another delay. The fifth Toby Willis trial delay–and first of 2017–came during what was supposed to be his first court appearance of 2017, following the November 30 order that he undergo an extensive mental health examination.

At the time, Judge Philip Maxey’s “patience was visibly tested” when Willis’ attorney, Michael Shipman, said that recent conversations with his client had led him to question Willis’ mental competence. But, given the seriousness of the charges against Willis, Judge Maxey granted Shipman’s request for a psychiatric evaluation.

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However, according to The Tennessean, that evaluation is either incomplete or yet to begin. Because of the delay, Willis’ next appearance–still for an evidentiary hearing–is scheduled for May 31, or nearly three more months from now.

Last August, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into claims that Willis raped a 12-year-old family member in 2002. After the TBI issued a warrant for his arrest, Willis fled to Kentucky, and was apprehended by local police and extradited to Cheatham County, where he’s been imprisoned since September 13.

At the time that news of his arrest broke, Toby’s wife Brenda offered the family’s only statement on the matter, saying that she was “shocked and devastated,” that her “first priority remains with [her] children,” and that the Cheatham County District Attorney has her and her family’s “complete support.”

(Photo credits: Toby Willis trial delay via Cheatham County jail, Greenville KY Sheriff’s Department)


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  • Che

    Evil looking

    • savannah

      Right? He’s looking a little Charles Manson-y in that pic.

  • Just me!

    I wonder if his wife and kids are sticking by his side? I sure wouldn’t! He ruined those kids life/musical career forever, because he’s a pervert! Hope he rots in jail!

    • Sara

      They are not, his wife is doing everything she can to distance herself and her children from him.

      • LoLo

        I hope so. She not only needs to for their safety & because it’s the right thing to do but to save the kids “brand”. They are a business. Going against him might help them keep their supporters. She didn’t do anything wrong, unless she knew about it.

        This guy gave me the creeps from the start. He inherited money & moved his kids to the middle of no where & controlled him & his wife like an army. They would all hang on his every word & nod at whatever he would say. He would lecture the girls about guys & how deviant they are & that they only want one thing. He should know, right?

  • Bruja

    Nice phucking haircut, Alfalfa.

  • FR

    He thought he got away with it. He committed the rape in 2002 and ran away only a few hundred miles to a neighboring state. Kentucky and Tennessee aren’t that far from each other and he’s accused of raping a family member. It js strange it took so long to arrest him, especially since he was on tv. His wife has to have known something. No way that the entire extended family was completely silent on the issue and never discussed it and then suddenly he’s arrested.

    • LoLo

      I agree. She was under his thumb & would do whatever he said. She allowed him to treat her & the kids like servants to him. But, if she’s now going against him, I will wish her the best.

  • savannah

    I was so happy to see the statement she made that she would be fully cooperating with the state in this matter, and not siding with her husband. That picture alone is so freaking frightening, he looks like a monster! TLC has REALLY got to start doing some better research before putting people on their network. They market as Family television, yet they keep putting chi-mos and perverts on the channel. Disgusting! I hope he gets what he deserves, and stops dragging his feet in the mud with the psychological bullcrap.