Roy A. HENDRIX, Appellant
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee
FROM THE GRANT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 27CR-2017-189-1],
HONORABLE CHRIS E. WILLIAMS, JUDGE
K. Crain, Malvern, for Appellant.
Rutledge, Atty Gen., by: Joseph Karl Luebke, Asst Atty
Gen., for Appellee.
A. WOMACK, Associate Justice
Hendrix bound his mother, beat her head with a hammer, and
drove away in her car. Though left for dead, Judy Hendrix
survived. Hendrix was subsequently convicted of attempted
capital murder, kidnapping, and theft of property. He appeals
only the denial of his motion for continuance to obtain an
independent mental evaluation. We affirm.
Because a detailed account of the underlying case is
unnecessary to resolve the sole issue on appeal, our factual
discussion will be brief. On October 29, 2017, Hendrix was
asked to leave the halfway house where he lived after showing
up to work while intoxicated. He was dropped off at his
mothers house in Leola that afternoon. Judy, who lived
alone, was not home and was not expecting her son. Before
Judy returned that evening, Hendrix consumed a bottle of
vodka, two joints of marijuana, and some methamphetamine. He
cannot recall the rest of the evening. His recorded
confession to police suggests otherwise. Hendrix told police
that after he explained why he had been kicked out of the
halfway house, Judy refused to allow him to live with her. He
did not provide a detailed account of what happened next, but
simply confessed that "[he] did it."
that night, a Leola constable conducted a welfare check on
Judy at her granddaughters behest. Judys car was missing
but the lights were on. The constable discovered Judy lying
in her living room floor. She was bound at the ankle and
bleeding from her head. She had sustained multiple blunt
force head injuries, including several skull and facial
fractures and bleeding in and around her brain. Despite the
severity of her injuries, Judy survived. But she was unable
to recall what happened.
Hendrix was soon arrested. He gave police the keys to Judys
car and told them where it was located. A hammer, vodka
bottles, Judys cell phone, and Hendrixs cell phone were
inside the car. Judys hair and blood were on the hammer.
Hendrix was charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery,
attempted capital murder, and theft of property.
to trial, Hendrix sought and received fitness to proceed and
criminal responsibility examinations. Both examinations
revealed that he suffered from alcohol, cannabis, and
methamphetamine use disorders. But he was ultimately deemed
fit to stand trial and capable of being held criminal
responsible for his conduct. On the day before trial, Hendrix
sought a continuance to seek an independent criminal
responsibility examination. The circuit court found that he
had not acted diligently and denied the request. A jury
subsequently convicted Hendrix of attempted capital murder,
kidnapping, and theft of ...