A 27-year-old Pasco murder suspect facing life in prison under the three-strikes law got his first strike in Spokane County.
Joseph William Hart pleaded not guilty Tuesday n Franklin County Superior Court for second-degree murder.
Hart is accused of killing Rodger A. Lincoln, 53, outside their east Pasco mobile home last Tuesday.
Hart was 20 years old when he was convicted in Spokane County of first-degree robbery and sentenced to 46.5 month in prison. Hart stabbed a man after the man picked Hart up in a car near Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition in May 2004.
Hart got his second strike in prison for beating up a cellmate, according to the Tri-City Herald.
Though Hart's defense attorney, Scott Johnson, told Judge Craig Matheson that he's not requesting an evaluation of his client's competency, Johnson did note that "there are clearly mental health issues in this case," according to the Associated Press.
Hart and Lincoln shared a home in the Sundance Mobile Home Park, 925 N. Elm Ave. space 72. The mobile home is one of several owned by Lourdes Health Network and is used as supported housing for people with mental illnesses.
Lincoln died of multiple stab wounds to his head and torso, autopsy results showed.
Hart is being held in the Franklin County jail on $750,000 bail.