A Fairmont man facing four counts of first degree murder in the July 26 shooting deaths on Locust Avenue in Clarksburg appeared in Harrison County court for a mental competency hearing Tuesday.
Public Defender Wiley Newbold told Judge James Matish that Sidney Muller, 27, suffers from four of the five symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and that Muller regularly visits the Veterans Affairs hospital. Newbold said VA records reflect that Muller suffers from a history of mental illness and is on several prescription drugs for PTSD. Newbold also told Judge Matish that Muller receives a disability check.
Muller is charged with the shooting deaths of Todd Amos, 29, and Christopher Hart, 27, both of Clarksburg, as well as the shooting deaths of two innocent bystanders, Fred, 70, and Freddy Swiger, 47, a father and son newspaper delivery team with more than 30 years at the Exponent Telegram. Court documents allege that Muller went to Hart's Locust Avenue home on the morning of July 26 to collect a $10,000 drug debt owed to him by Hart and Amos.
Judge Matish ordered that Muller undergo a mental evaluation by Dr. Bobby Miller, based in Huntington, at North Central Regional Jail.