Competency hearing postponed for man charged in convenience store stabbing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A competency hearing in Shawnee County District Court for a man, who is charged with stabbing a convenience store clerk in May, was postponed on Tuesday.

At the request of defense attorneys, defendant Anthony Ryan Downing, 33, of Topeka, is to undergo another mental health evaluation, then appear in court on July 1.

If Downing is found competent, a preliminary hearing for Downing will be conducted on that date.

On May 8, a clerk at the Kwik Shop, 1700 S.W. Topeka Boulevard, was stabbed a number of times about 4:15 a.m. The victim, who was found down behind the counter, initially was hospitalized in serious condition.

Police located Downing at S.W. 17th and Western after a brief investigation and interviews of witnesses, police said.

In the May 8 holdup, the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office charged Downing with attempted first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon, according to court records.

Topeka police confirmed that Downing was convicted of the April 6, 2013, stabbing of then 26-year-old Joshua Nottingham outside a Dillon's grocery store at 1400 S.W. Huntoon. That store has since closed.

In that stabbing, police were summoned to the store at 6:52 a.m., and Downing was taken into custody less than 10 minutes later near S.W. Huntoon and Polk. A knife was spotted nearby.

In the 2013 incident, Downing pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted second-degree murder, court records said.

Downing was sentenced on April 18, 2014, to six years in prison and was ordered to pay restitution of $100,878, according to court records.

Downing appealed the sentence in the 2014 conviction, but the Kansas Supreme Court denied the appeal, Supreme Court records said.

Downing was released from prison on Aug. 28, 2018, Kansas Department of Corrections records said.