THOMPSON FALLS – There were lots of people in the Sanders County Courthouse courtroom Tuesday morning, but none of them was named Nathan Lee William Calvert.
Calvert, accused of a drug-fueled home invasion in Dixon less than three weeks before Christmas that left a man dead and his wife critically injured, remains in custody at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, County Attorney Bob Zimmerman told District Court Judge Kim Christopher.
Christopher ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Calvert in December, but Zimmerman told her the hospital, which has had him for 30 days, “anticipates he’ll be there another 30.”
The judge continued Calvert’s omnibus hearing – which began back on Feb. 5 – once more, to May 21.
She also vacated Calvert’s trial date – “Two of which have already passed,” the judge noted – and said she would issue a new trial-setting order at that time.
“Based on the location of the defendant,” Christopher added.
Calvert, of Missoula, faces multiple felonies, including deliberate homicide. Christopher entered not guilty pleas on his behalf in February.
The incident shocked residents in Sanders County, where victims Doug and Cheryl Morigeau lived, and Lake County, where both were longtime employees at Two Eagle River School in Pablo.
Court documents say the Morigeaus had just finished eating dinner and were watching television on Dec. 6, 2012, when Calvert allegedly “came barreling into the residence.”
He allegedly stabbed Doug Morigeau 54 times and slashed Cheryl Morigeau’s throat during the attack.
Cheryl escaped out a back door and ran to a nearby relative’s house for help during the attack. She was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.
Doug, a 61-year-old former boxer, was dead at the scene.
When police arrived, they said, they found Calvert outside the house with a bloody hunting knife and bloody rifle. Authorities allege Calvert used the rife to beat Morigeau after the knife attack, allegedly telling them he did so “because he would not die.”
Calvert also allegedly told them he was high on synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” at the time of the attack. Authorities say Calvert told them he had been smoking it “almost constantly” for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks prior to the incident, rolling it in pages torn from a Bible.
Spice has been linked to several cases of extreme and violent behavior by some of its users, who report suffering paranoia and hallucinations, and becoming highly agitated while under its influence. Even though it is technically “synthetic marijuana,” some people argue it should not be referred to as such because the term minimizes the drug’s potential effect.
Spice is sold legally as a herbal incense, but is chemically altered so that, when smoked, it mimics the effects of cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis, such as THC.
In charging affidavits, authorities allege Calvert and another man, Gordon Northpiegan, left Calvert’s sister-in-law’s house in Dixon in search of cigarettes on Dec. 6.
“At some point, Calvert said he became convinced Northpiegan was going to kill him, so he stabbed (Northpiegan) in the back,” the document says.
Northpiegan initially denied having been stabbed, but later sought treatment for a stab wound at a Polson hospital, and identified Calvert to Polson police as the person who had stabbed him.
Calvert allegedly was alone later on Dec. 6, when the home invasion, murder and assault occurred.