Man Incompetent For Trial in Md. Hospital Attack

CUMBERLAND, Md. — A state psychiatric hospital patient in Cumberland is moving to more secure surroundings after he was ruled incompetent to stand trial for allegedly stabbing a nurse in the head with a metal spike.

An Allegany County prosecutor said Monday that the judge ruled Thursday that 51-year-old Craig Zello is a danger to himself or others, and will be going to the maximum-security Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup.

Zello could still be tried for the October attack if he is found competent.

The Hagerstown man was a patient at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland when he allegedly plunged a 7-inch, galvanized metal spike into the back of a male nurse’s head. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

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