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Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation
John Setchel
John Darrell Setchel

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

John Darrell Setchel, 24, was indicted Oct. 8 in the death of Murrayville resident Ronald Sailers, 72. The indictment came down three days after Sailers died in a Hall County Jail cell from what a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy revealed as blunt force trauma to the head.

According to the warrant, Setchel allegedly slammed Sailers’ head into the concrete floor.

In an order signed Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin consented to a mental evaluation to determine Setchel’s ability to stand trial. Setchel’s attorney, listed in court records as Daniel J. Sammons, “observed that the Defendant is detached from reality and unable to communicate regarding his charges ...” according to the order.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disorders will perform a forensic mental evaluation on Setchel and file a report to Superior Court.

Setchel was being held at the jail on a Superior Court probation violation for felony obstruction of an officer when Sailers was found dead.

Setchel’s original obstruction charge came in December 2010 when he was accused of punching a police officer while at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. While in the booking inmate shower at the Hall County Jail in October 2011, authorities say he hit two officers in the head and refused to comply with their commands.

Setchel was indicted on two counts of felony obstruction of an officer one month after that incident.

Sailers was being held at the jail for a Superior Court arrest order related to an aggravated assault case.

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