Judge orders Santiago to proceed with mental evaluation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Carroll County man who is accused

of murdering his brother in a grisly

slaying more than a year ago was scheduled

to undergo a mental evaluation on

Tuesday, Feb. 13, despite an 11th-hour

motion by his attorneys to cancel the


Joseph Ian Santiago, 19, is accused of

beating and stabbing 21-year-old Alex

Santiago to death on Jan. 17, 2017, inside

a mobile home in the Grandview

area northwest of Berryville.

Santiago admitted to investigators

that he killed his brother with a baseball

bat and sword,

according to an

affidavit from

the Carroll

County Sheriff’s


In August,

Carroll County

Circuit Judge

Scott Jackson

ordered that

Santiago undergo a mental evaluation to

determine whether he is fit to stand trial,

at the request of defense attorneys.

On Monday, however, public defender

Robert “Beau” Allen filed a motion to

dismiss the defense’s request for a mental


Prosecutors responded with a motion

seeking to continue with the evaluation,

and Jackson issued an order instructing

Santiago to attend his scheduled appointment

Feb. 13.

Jackson’s order also scheduled a

hearing on the issue for 1 p.m. Monday,

Feb. 26, at the Eastern Carroll County

District Courthouse in Berryville.

Santiago has pleaded not guilty to

charges of capital murder, attempted

capital murder and arson. The attempted

capital murder and arson charges

apparently stem from a fire at the family’s

home in April 2016. Santiago told

investigators that he locked his brother

in his room and poured gasoline on the

floor before setting the home on fire, according

to the affidavit.

Santiago was 17 at the time of his

brother’s death and initially was held in

a juvenile facility, although prosecutors

said from the outset that they intend to

try him as an adult. He was transferred

to the Carroll County Detention Center

on Feb. 9, 2017 — the date of his 18th

birthday, roughly three weeks after his

brother’s death.

Alex Santiago was autistic, according

to the affidavit.

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  • I may seem harsh but folks, he beat his brother with a baseball bat and stabbed him with a sword until he was dead. He is aware of what he's done and admitted the act. He had previously attempted to burn his brother to death. I don't want this individual walking the streets of Carroll County because some shrink decides he was treated badly as a child and releases him in three or four years after he's been "cured" I say he needs to be cured on death row of the state prison. That cure will certainly stop his behavior.

    -- Posted by RebelRooster on Thu, Feb 15, 2018, at 3:03 PM
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