Gunny accused in cabbie assault cleared to leave state
Dec 04, 2012 (The Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Marine accused of assaulting a Surf City cab driver in September has been granted the ability seek treatment at an out-of-state mental health facility.
In District Court today, Gunnery Sgt. Adam J. Kinosh, with Marine Special Operations Command aboard Lejeune, had his motion to modify conditions of his pretrial release granted. Kinosh's attorney, Bruce Mason of Wilmington, mentioned two out-of-state facility possibilities contracted by the Marine Corps: one in Texas and another in Virginia.
Kinosh is charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor communicating threats after Kinosh allegedly attacked cab driver Charles Hawkesworth Jr. on Sept. 9 after a verbal misunderstanding about cab fare.
Kinosh checked into The Oakes, a mental health facility in Wilmington, following the attack, and was arrested for the attack on Sept. 26 by officers from the Surf City Police Department.
Hawkesworth had serious injuries to his face and required surgery to correct the damage.
Mason said in court that Kinosh is seeking dual treatment. According to Capt. Douglas Matthew Shelton, a witness for the defense and Kinosh's officer in charge, Kinosh has a multitude of issues he is working out.
He said the top two issues were post traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. Shelton also testified that Kinosh has also never been screened for traumatic brain injury following several deployments.
Kinosh is currently attending several appointments in place of duty to deal with his issues, Shelton said. "His attitude toward the appointments has been progressive," he said. Kinosh also had two letters sent to the court, one from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Clark, commander of MarSOC, discussing treatment options.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Maultsby said he was concerned for the safety of the public and didn't want to see an attack happen to someone else. Maultsby objected to the motion because, he said, the security level at the out-of-state facilities is unknown. He said that Kinosh leaving the state for treatment is troubling because if he leaves the facility, the state will have to go through an extradition process to get him back.
Maultsby noted that if Kinosh were going to a secure facility in the state, it would be different.
Kinosh was granted the motion on the condition that he provides a specific location for treatment and that he reports behavior before enrollment into any program. He must also be escorted to and from the facility by the Marine Corps, and someone from the Marine Corps must visit him once per week to check on his progress.
Kinosh was ordered to comply with all treatment and return to Camp Lejeune upon completion of the treatment program. He must continue to have no contact with Hawkesworth.
Mason had no comment following the proceedings. Hawkesworth could not be immediately reached for comment.
Contact Daily News Reporter Tabitha Clark at 910-219-8454 or Tabitha.Clark@jdnews.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TabithaLClark or friend her on Facebook.
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