The 19-year-old District man charged in a recent series of hammer attacks was ruled incompetent to stand trial and will be sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital for an evaluation.
Michael W. Davis will be brought back to court after 60 days to determine if his condition improves with medication or treatment, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin ruled Friday.
Davis, brother to professional football players Vernon and
Vontae Davis, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Gary Dederichs, 66, a tourist visiting from Denver. He also been charged with two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed for allegedly sneaking up on people in his Petworth neighborhood in Northwest and hitting them on the head with a hammer.
Davis was held for psychiatric evaluation a year ago after his teachers and guardian became fearful of his behavior, according to documents filed in D.C. Superior Court.
The court papers do not indicate whether Davis displayed any violence at the time. According to those papers, Davis suffered from “auditory and visual hallucinations.” Schizophrenia and “borderline intellectual functioning” were diagnosed preliminarily.
Police were investigating a total of five similar attacks, including the fatal beating of Dederichs.