A man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house remains at a state psychiatric hospital.

A man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house remains at a state psychiatric hospital.

Cameron J. Walton had been scheduled to appear in court Friday. But officers from the Leavenworth County Jail informed the judge that Walton has not yet returned from the Larned State Security Hospital. Walton was sent to the hospital for an evaluation.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby scheduled a status hearing in the case for Dec. 20.

Walton, 35, is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with attempted second-degree murder. The charge stems from a Dec. 13, 2016, 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's evaluation was requested after defense attorney John Bryant filed a notice that he plans to argue the defendant lacked the requisite mental state at the time of the incident to be culpable of the crime.

Bryant said Friday that Walton had written to him, but the attorney did not have an update from the hospital regarding the evaluation.