Triple Homicide Suspect Deemed Not Fit to Stand Trial

The last time Rashad Riddick was in court, he attacked his defense attorney.
The Madison County man is facing capital murder charges in the deaths of three family members, but attorneys now say he's not mentally competent to stand trial.

Extra security was on hand for Rashad Riddick as he made his first court appearance since attacking his own attorney in open court last month.
Wednesday's hearing was to decide whether the 25-year-old is competent to stand trial in the murders of James Clark Jackson, Karen Lee Jackson and Chante Davis in February of 2011

Experts testified that Riddick suffered from paranoia and severe anxiety. A psychologist and pyschiatrist both diagnosed him with dilusional disorder, a severe mental illness similar to schizophrenia, saying Riddick suffers from the persecutory type in which patients are certain others are striving to harm them.

A psychologist who evaluated Riddick said "he has a fixed belief people are conspiring against him."

After hearing testimony from four witnesses, Judge Daniel Boutin ruled Riddick incompetent to stand trial. But just because Riddick is incompetent to stand trial now, that doesn't mean he will face a jury in the future.

Mental health experts say dilusional disorder is very rare, occuring in only .03 percent of the population. With treatment, including antipsychotic medicine, his mental state could improve in two to four months.


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