Kenneth Osburn is mentally competent to stand trial for the alleged abduction and murder of Casey Crowder, according to a mental-health evaluation report signed by Myeong W. Kim, a state-appointed clinical psychologist and certified forensic psychologist.
Osburn allegedly strangled the 17-year-old Pine Bluff girl with a zip-tie, a plastic device used to bundle things such as cables and wires, before dumping her body near a drainage canal east of Dumas.
Crowder’s body, identified by dental records, was discovered on Sept. 2, six days after her vehicle ran out of fuel on U.S. 65 in Dumas while returning home to Pine Bluff from her boyfriend’s home in Pickens, near Dumas, according to authorities.
“Casey was a motorist in distress and instead of coming to her aid, Mr. Osburn kidnapped and strangled her to death,” 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said during an interview following Osburn’s first court appearance in September.
Based upon an interview with Osburn, psychological tests taken by Osburn, and information provided by police investigators, the psychologist determined that Osburn knew what he was doing and suffered from no substantial mental disorder the morning of Aug. 27 when Crowder disappeared.
Dr. Kim also found that Osburn has a factual and rational understanding of the proceedings against him and he does not lack the capacity to effectively assist his attorney.
“There was no evidence that any bizarre delusions or thought disorders had affected his judgment or perception at the time of the alleged crime,” Kim wrote in his report. “He was able to interpersonally and intellectually function in a normal manner prior to and at the time of the alleged act.”
Court documents indicate that Osburn confessed to police that he killed Crowder. Kim’s report also indicates that Osburn said he confessed, but said he did so because investigators threatened to arrest his daughter.
“I did not confess. I just repeated what they (investigators) wanted me to say so they leave my daughter alone. They threatened to lock up my daughter. They asked me to just tell when I used the plastic tie. I said at the end,” Kim wrote in his report, quoting Osburn.
Osburn is also reported to have said, “They got nothing on me… no DNA. … I did not do it. They got nothing on me. I confessed because they threatened me to lock up my daughter.”
Osburn took the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2, a test that measures symptoms of social and personal maladjustment.
According to Kim’s report, individuals with Osburn’s profile have deep and chronic feelings of hostility toward family members and tend to be socially extroverted, but lack skills with members of the opposite sex. They tend to be sexually maladjusted, and marital instability and sexual promiscuity are common.
Police believe Osburn, a widowed truck driver, saw Crowder on the side of the highway as she walked to a service station for fuel. In court documents, Deen said that Osburn kidnapped Crowder for the purpose of sexual intercourse.
Law enforcement officials and volunteers, combed cotton fields and bayous for nearly a week before before finding Crowder’s body near a drainage canal, east of Dumas.
Osburn’s alleged actions the morning of Aug. 27 when Crowder’s vehicle ran out of fuel, were tracked through video surveillance cameras at Dumas businesses along U.S. 65 and U.S. 165, according to information in court documents.
A camera at a Sonic drive-in restaurant on U.S. 65 recorded Osburn’s white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado traveling south on U.S. 65 about three minutes after Crowder made a cell-phone call at 6:39 a.m. The camera recorded Osburn’s vehicle headed north about 2 minutes and 45 seconds later.
A second camera, at the Dollar General Store on U.S. 165, recorded Osburn’s vehicle traveling east at 6:46 a.m. A witness later told police she saw Osburn and what she described as a passenger slumped over, against the passenger-side window.
Osburn, according to Kim’s report, said that on the morning of Crowder’s death, he dropped his daughter off at work and had coffee at a truck stop. He said after leaving the truck stop, he went back to the truck stop because he had forgotten to buy a pack of cigarettes. Outlining these rational, mundane actions, according to Kim, are proof that Osburn was not lost in an episode of mental defect at the time.
“He was able to refrain from criminal conduct until (he) drove to a place or condition that the alleged conduct would not be witnessed by others,” Kim wrote in his report.