Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing 2 Mental Health Workers

Ronald Bean entered the plea Monday in Middlebury

A Vermont man accused of stabbing and beating two mental-health workers at a treatment group home has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder. 

Ronald Bean entered the plea Monday in Middlebury. He was ordered to undergo evaluations for mental competency and sanity. He is being held without bail.

Police say the attack happened around 2 p.m. Sunday. A police affidavit says 52-year-old Bean, a client, entered the office at the Middlebury group home and spoke to Justin Covey. Police say he became aggressive and attacked Covey. 

The affidavit says Bean attacked Allison Burton after she tried to intervene. Both Burton and Covey were stabbed with scissors. Police say Bean then fled the scene. 

Bean was arrested Sunday evening. Covey and Burton were hospitalized and are in stable condition.

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