Ex-Alaskan deemed unfit to undergo trial for murder of wife, four children

Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2000

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - A former Anchorage resident charged with the fatal shootings of his wife and four children last month has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Raymond Wood was ordered held at a state mental hospital indefinitely by an order Wednesday issued in Johnson County Circuit Court.

Wood was charged with the deaths of his wife, Tina, 31; her sons Jared, 10, and Joshua, 8; and daughters Emily, 7, and Hannah, 5, on Feb. 14. Two other daughters were wounded, and one remains in the hospital.

Tina Wood was from Fairbanks and still has family there. She and her husband lived in Anchorage before moving to Missouri about 10 years ago.

Raymond Wood was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and seven counts of armed criminal action.

A review of his condition is to be done in 120 days.

Wood had a history of mental illness. In 1985, he was committed to the Alaska Psychiatric Institute after he reportedly broke into a home and later got into a brawl after forcing motorists off a city street. He was taken to API after telling police he was God and could make himself invisible.

Wood appeared dazed as he was arraigned last month and said that he was just ``starting to understand what happened'' the night he allegedly killed his wife four children.

Tina's mother, Cheryl Egan of Fairbanks, told reporters Wood suffered from mental illness and the violent acts he allegedly committed were at odds with the man she knew.

``I know her husband didn't mean to do what he did,'' Egan said through tears. ``He was ill.''

Wood offered no explanation for the shootings.

Following arraignment, Wood was ordered held on $2 million bond and sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

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