SOUTH BEND — A judge agreed to delay the court case of former University of Notre Dame assistant football coach Corwin Brown while he receives further psychological treatment at the University of Michigan.
Corwin Brown did not appear for his 8 a.m. court hearing Tuesday, Sept. 20 in St. Joseph Superior Court.
He is accused of striking his wife and holding her and his son against their will inside their home Aug. 12 during a seven-hour standoff at his Granger home.
Brown’s wife, Melissa, requested that his case be delayed to allow time for further testing, said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ken Cotter.
"The victim requested it, and the state’s not going to stand in the way," he said after the hearing.
Brown’s attorney, Mike Tuszynski, appeared on Brown’s behalf. He declined to comment afterward on Brown’s treatment, why it was necessary and if it is related to brain injuries Brown’s family believes he might be suffering from as a result of his previous pro-football career.
The judge set Brown’s next court date for Nov. 30.
Brown ended the seven-hour standoff with police at his Granger home by shooting himself in the stomach.
He was arrested Sept. 9 after being released from the Epworth Center, formerly Madison Center, a mental health facility in South Bend.
He spent three nights in the St. Joseph County Jail before being arraigned Sept. 12 for two counts of felony criminal confinement and one count of felony domestic battery.
Had he appeared for his hearing today, the judge would have set his next court dates, including a plea cut-off deadline and possibly a trial date.
Instead, his case was delayed until Nov. 30, or until he is released from the University of Michigan.
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