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Man facing attempted murder charge found incompetent to stand trial

  • William Soler appears in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord for a bail hearing in October. ALYSSA DANDREA / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 12/17/2017 11:14:15 PM

A Concord man accused of attempting to run over and kill a gas station manager is not fit to stand trial, a Merrimack County judge ruled.

William Soler, 41, will remain incarcerated for up to 90 days to allow for a physician to determine the appropriateness of involuntary treatment, according to court documents. The case is likely to proceed to probate court, where prosecutors can advocate for a civil commitment of up to five years under state law.

Judge Richard McNamara found that Soler was not mentally competent to stand trial and that his condition would not improve within one year if he received further treatment. McNamara also ruled that Soler is a danger to others and to himself.

Soler has previously been found incompetent to stand trial, and as a result past cases against him have also been dropped.

In October, Soler had asked a judge to reduce bail from $100,000 cash only to personal recognizance so he could return to New Hampshire Hospital for treatment of a mental illness. Public defender Tracy Scavarelli told the court that Soler was diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia, which has resulted in his involuntary hospitalization on at least three prior occasions.

McNamara denied the request at that time, noting that Soler was scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation that same week.

A competency hearing in the case was scheduled for Monday but canceled. Instead, McNamara issued a court order based solely on the forensic examiner’s Oct. 25 report on Soler and dismissed without prejudice all charges against him.

Concord police arrested Soler on Aug. 25 and charged him with one count each of attempted murder and attempted first-degree assault, in addition to two counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

That same day, he turned himself in to police, saying he had just tried to kill a woman who had denied him a job at the Mobil gas station on South Main Street, according to a sworn affidavit. He said he thought the manager was discriminating against him because of his ethnicity. Further, he told police that he is the target of a conspiracy, and that he had evidence in a briefcase, the affidavit says.

Soler was on conditional release from New Hampshire Hospital at the time of the offense.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)

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