Accused murderer scheduled for hospital admission in December

A man accused of killing his mother and attempting to kill a Sequim Police officer is tentatively set for admission to Western State Hospital this December.

According to Aug. 19 Clallam County Superior Court documents, 34-year-old Bret Allen Kenney will be admitted on Dec. 1 so that he can understand the nature of the charges against him and possible consequences, how the criminal justice system works and to see if he can help with his defense.

Kenney is accused of murdering his 53-year-old mother Teri Ward of Sequim, and attempting to kill Sequim police officer Daniel Martinez during a traffic stop on May 19.

Three civilians were commended by Sequim City council at the Sept. 12 council meeting for assisting Martinez during the altercation.

A motion hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to see if Kenney had been admitted to the hospital.

Previously, judge Brent Basden ordered Kenney be admitted to the Lakewood hospital on June 24.

Prior, Dr. Barry Ward, a psychologist with the Office of Forensic Mental Health Services Peninsula Regional Office, recommended competency restoration for Kenney after attempting to interview him. Kenney stopped the interview prior to forensic interviews because Ward used shorthand to take notes and Kenney wanted him to write all of his words fully, according to court documents.

Multiple psychologists have diagnosed Kenney with schizophrenia, unspecified; stimulant use disorder; and alcohol use disorder, court documents state. He’s also been admitted to Western State Hospital four times.

Since his August hearing, Kenney has filed four motions in September to the court asking for a new defense attorney, judge and prosecutors.

In a letter dated Sept. 1, he called his defense attorney John Hayden a liar multiple times.

A Sept. 3 letter from Kenney said he wanted a lawyer from Kitsap Bank to represent him before his next court date, while in a Sept. 4 letter, he wrote there was a conflict of interest because prosecutors knew Ward, whom he called a “so-called victim” multiple times.

Kenney also requested Basden not be his judge because Basden muted him in court while appearing via video from Clallam County jail.

Law enforcement found Ward’s body with multiple sharp-force injuries on her neck in her Sequim area home after a family member requested a welfare check, court documents state.

Prior, Kenney was pulled over at the Third Avenue and Washington Street intersection by Martinez at 4:31 a.m. on May 19, multiple law enforcement agencies report.

During the stop, Kenney tackled Martinez as he walked to his patrol car, and they fought with Martinez’s gun discharging but not harming anyone, court documents state.

Citizens and Clallam County Sheriff deputies helped detain Kenney, who has four prior cases of assault on police officers.

He was released from incarceration on Jan. 14 and living with Ward, court documents state.