MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Midwest Communications) - The man accused of attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will get one more mental exam before he’s scheduled to go on trial. 20-year-old Anthony Peters is having his trial delayed from next Monday until May 3rd. That’s because the public defender’s office got funding for another doctor to look at Peters. He has pleaded not guilty by insanity to reckless injury and 3 other charges. A previous mental exam determined that Peters’ mental state did not prevent him understanding what he allegedly did, or controlling his actions.
Authorities said Barrett was leaving the State Fair last August when he walked past an argument between Peters and his daughter’s grandmother. The woman was crying for help, and police said Barrett was attacked as he tried to call 911 on his cell phone. But defense attorney Anthony Cotton said it was Barrett who hit Peters first – and it might have caused the defendant to black out. Cotton recently said his client has suffered blackouts most of his life from being physically and emotionally abused. The attorney said Peters has post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, and some other mental illnesses.