A federal judge Friday ordered a psychiatric examination for a young Woodward man who was arrested after a witness reported he had talked of avoiding arrest for murder.
Timmy Dean Eike, 18, is accused in a federal charge in Oklahoma City of buying a shotgun and rifle illegally in July by lying on purchase forms.
He was arrested Tuesday in Woodward.
A search warrant affidavit filed Friday revealed that Eike admitted in April to once having a “hit list.”
Eike made the admission to a Woodward police officer, Jack Brown, who spoke to him because he had talked at school about committing suicide, the affidavit shows.
“Eike told officer Brown that he had created a list of names years ago that he would like to kill because ‘they did him wrong,'” Deputy U.S. Marshal Callen Stephens wrote in the affidavit requesting a search of the young man's home.
“Eike stated this was destroyed in a house fire.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Bacharach ordered the examination after a prosecutor requested it and Eike's defense attorney did not oppose it.
The examination is to determine first whether Eike has mental issues that make him mentally incompetent to assist in his defense. The examination also is to determine whether Eike was insane at the time of the alleged offenses.
The judge recommended Eike be evaluated at a federal medical center.
Federal agents investigated Eike after a taxi driver on Sunday reported a passenger had talked that day of avoiding arrest for murder and had asked in the past about how to hide bodies. The driver regularly took Eike to work.
The taxi driver, Travis Ballard, also reported the passenger's relatives told him they had witnessed Eike watching videos of the 1999 Columbine, Colo., school shooting while loading and unloading the 20-gauge shotgun.
Ballard, 34, on Thursday told The Oklahoman that Eike said he recently had applied for a passport.
“His next statement out of his mouth was: ‘What countries won't extradite back to the United States of America? If I show up at the airport with no luggage, will they detain me and question me or will they let me get on the plane and leave?'” Ballard said.
“He was actually quiet for the most part until he started asking ... questions like that.”
In February, a Woodward County judge found Eike was mentally ill and required treatment. The judge committed Eike to inpatient treatment.
Prosecutors allege Eike lied in July when he bought the guns when he denied on forms that he ever had been “adjudicated mentally defective” or had been “committed to a mental institution.”