Bickford's attorney files motion for mental examination



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A judge sentenced former IU student Triceton Bickford to one year probation Monday after he pleaded guilty to one battery charge in the 2015 attack of a Muslim woman. Buy Photos

Triceten Bickford’s attorney filed a motion Monday in Monroe County Court for a psychologist to examine Bickford for mental disease.

Bickford was arrested Oct. 17, 2015, when police reported he shouted racial slurs at a Muslim woman, grabbed her neck and shoved her face into a table.

The victim’s 9-year-old daughter watched as the victim’s husband and a passerby pulled Bickford off of her.

Police arrived as the two responders held Bickford to the ground. He tried to kick out the windows of a police squad car and bit an officer’s calf.

Bickford’s blood alcohol content was later revealed to be .195 at the time of the attack.

Bickford was a sophomore studying psychology but was expelled from IU last semester when his story spread to national news.

Bickford, currently out on bail, is facing seven charges, including two counts of battery by bodily waste, battery resulting in bodily injury, intimidation, strangulation and battery against a public safety officer.

In court Monday, he appeared in a black suit and tie. He said nothing as his lawyer filed the 
motion.

In October 2015, attorney Katharine Liell filed a motion for a change of venue because of publicity that had developed since Bickford’s 
arrest.

Judge Teresa Harper granted their motion Nov. 23, 2015.

Liell and the prosecutors have until May 1 to decide the county from which to choose jurors.

Friends and family of Bickford told the Indiana Daily Student in November that the attack was out of character and surprising.

The woman whom Bickford attacked told the IDS in October she doesn’t hate Bickford and is praying for him and his family.

Bickford’s next pre-trial conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. 
March 24.

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