Doctors at St. Elizabeths Hospital say the District man charged in a string of hammer attacks in April is competent to stand trial but should remain in the hospital for tests, a judge said Wednesday.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin called the report from doctors at the District’s mental hospital “complicated” and “unusual” during a hearing Wednesday.
In Tuesday’s report, doctors declared Michael Davis, 19, mentally competent to stand trial, saying he is capable of helping his attorneys prepare his defense. Doctors also said they were concerned that Davis’s mental issues — he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental disorders — could return or worsen.
Doctors want Davis to remain at St. Elizabeths for continued treatment and monitoring, Morin said. That’s unusual because when the hospital declares a patient charged with a crime competent, the person is usually discharged, Morin said.
Davis has been a patient of St. Elizabeths since May, weeks after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Denver tourist Gary Dederichs and the assault of two other people.