Court proceedings in a Leavenworth attempted murder case remain halted until the defendant can undergo a mental health evaluation at a state hospital.

Court proceedings in a Leavenworth attempted murder case remain halted until the defendant can undergo a mental health evaluation at a state hospital.

Cameron J. Walton, 34, is charged with attempted second-degree murder.

The charge stems from a Dec. 13 incident at the Grossman Center in Leavenworth.

The Grossman Center is a re-entry facility for inmates who are completing their sentences.

Walton is accused of attacking an employee at the facility. The incident was reported the day Walton was supposed to be released from the center.

Walton has been in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail since the incident.

In May, a judge ordered that Walton be transferred to the Larned State Security Hospital for an evaluation.

The evaluation was requested after Walton’s attorney, John Bryant, filed a notice that the defense plans to argue Walton lacked the requisite mental state at the time of the incident to be culpable of the crime.

Walton was back in court Wednesday for a hearing that had been scheduled to check the status of the evaluation. Bryant said the defendant has not yet been to the state hospital.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said it can take some time to find a slot for a patient at the hospital because of budget cuts.

Sundby scheduled another hearing for Sept. 13 to check whether Walton has been transferred to the state hospital.

“Hopefully, you will be gone by then Mr. Walton,” Sundby said.