Bariames to be evaluated
October 15, 2002
A 36-year-old man whose wife was found dead in their Stateline apartment was ordered Monday to undergo a psychiatric examination in Sparks at a judge’s request.
George Bariames’ lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said conversations with his client last week led him to believe he might be mentally incompetent to stand trial.
When Bariames appeared in East Fork District Court Monday for a competency hearing, District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered an evaluation for him at Lake’s Crossing in Sparks.
“Since it’s the only facility in the state it could be pretty full,” Gibbons said. “There is no estimation for the time needed to do this.”
The judge set a date of Dec. 2 for Bariames’ next court hearing, which is subject to change depending on the time required for an evaluation.
Investigators are also still waiting for toxicology results on Bariames’ 36-year-old wife, Debbie. The Washoe County Coroner’s Office found bruises on her arms and legs, but believes these occurred after her death. An autopsy did not provide any information.
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The incident is being investigated as a homicide, and Bariames, who is charged with child abuse and neglect, has a bail that remains at $500,000.
Authorities discovered the body of Debbie during a Sept. 21 welfare check at their Market Street apartment near Kingsbury Grade.
The Bariames moved to Douglas County last month from Las Vegas where George was a slot technician. Reportedly, they were both unemployed.
A friend contacted authorities after speaking to George over the phone and sensing something wrong.
When deputies went to the apartment for a welfare check and discovered Debbie’s body, they also found the couple’s 10-month-old son, Nicholas, who was malnourished.
Nicholas has since been released from the University of California, Davis Medical Center Facility and director of Nevada Child and Family Services Ed Cotton said Monday Nicholas is in a foster home.
“He is being evaluated at the Special Children’s Clinic in Reno,” Cotton said. “There is some developmental delay, but we’re not sure if that was already there. Physically, he’s great.”
He said Nicholas will eventually be reunited with his father, adopted or placed with a relative. He said the agency hopes to find a permanent situation for Nicholas soon.
n R-C Staff Writer Maggie O’Neill can be reached by e-mail at mo’firstname.lastname@example.org