JUDGE: Avondre Graham Competent To Stand Trial - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Avondre Graham Competent To Stand Trial

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - A Spokane judge has decided that a man with an IQ of about 60 is competent to stand trial in a fatal stabbing.
    
Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno ruled Tuesday that 18-year-old Avondre Graham is capable of understanding court proceedings and helping his lawyers.
    
On Monday prosecutors urged Moreno to go ahead with the criminal case, while defense attorneys wanted her to set it aside.
    
Graham is charged with second-degree murder in the September 2012 stabbing of 55-year-old Sharlotte McGill as she walked her dog along a trail. Graham lived at the same apartment complex as McGill.
 

PREVIOUS STORY:

KHQ.COM - Judge Moreno will make a decision on Tuesday morning as to whether murder suspect Avondre Graham is competent to stand trial. In court on Monday two expert witnesses, both psychologists who evaluated Graham, had two different opinions.

One found he is competent, the other found he isn't. However they did agree on a few points; that Graham is "mildly mentally retarded" based on his IQ score of roughly 55-65 which hasn't changed much since he was evaluated at the age of 8.

Graham has been in jail since Sept. 13 of 2012.

TWEETS FROM KELSEY WHO WAS IN THE COURTROOM ON MONDAY:

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Judge Maryann Moreno wants time to gather her thoughts, a decision will not be made today. It's expected tomorrow morning.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Defense: it's not just about #AvondreGraham understanding, it's about him being able to assist in his own defense.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Prosecutor: the issue isn't whether this is a complex case, it's whether #AvondreGraham is competent to stand trial.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Defense: #AvondreGraham's IQ hasn't changed since he was 8 years old, has hard time understanding concepts of murder trial.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Defense attorney: the complexities of this case are "a lot to process for someone with an average IQ"

TWEET FROM KELSEY: No final witness, now closing arguments from both sides before it's in the hands of the judge

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Defense now cross-examining Dr. Henry about his opinion that murder suspect #AvondreGraham can stand trial.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Dr. Henry: #AvondreGraham has history of depressive disorder, psychological problems & emerging anti-social personality traits

TWEET FROM KELSEY: Dr. Henry: "I believe Avondre Graham has adequate capacity to assist in his own defense." Conflicting opinions from today.

TWEET FROM KELSEY: A forensic psychologist from Eastern State Hospital is on the stand now in #AvondreGraham's competency hearing.

DETAILS:

KHQ.COM - Avondre Graham is in court today for a competency hearing. He's accused of killing Sharlotte McGill.

McGill was murdered Thursday, May 3, while walking her dog, Lily, on Tuffy's trail, a makeshift trail near her apartment on South Riverton where she regularly walked.

While on the trail, Graham is suspected of jumping out of the bushes and repeatedly stabbed McGill, for no apparent reason, in her arms, chest, and forehead. Police confirmed the attack was random. McGill screamed and stumbled onto a nearby street. Several people nearby, including her daughter Billie McKinney, rushed to her aid.

McGill died shortly after on the way to the hospital.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Self-proclaimed 'Spokane Spanker' found guilty of 8 counts of assault with sexual motivation

    Self-proclaimed 'Spokane Spanker' found guilty of 8 counts of assault with sexual motivation

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-06-28 20:40:45 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man arrested back in April after confessing to KHQ to sexually assaulting multiple women by slapping their backsides was found guilty on Wednesday. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man arrested back in April after confessing to KHQ to sexually assaulting multiple women by slapping their backsides was found guilty on Wednesday. The self-proclaimed "Spokane Spanker", 28-year-old Jonathan Smith, was charged with 11 counts of assault with sexual motivation in a string of Centennial Trail attacks this past spring.  

    More >>
  • Spokane Police find body of teenage boy 'in Hangman Valley area'

    Spokane Police find body of teenage boy 'in Hangman Valley area'

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-06-28 19:48:12 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say officers found the body of a teenage boy in the Hangman Valley area early Wednesday morning. Officer Ben Green would not give an exact location where the body was found, but did say family reported the boy missing earlier in the day. Officers would not officially identify the young man or say how he died. Spokane Police say the boy was 15-years-old.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say officers found the body of a teenage boy in the Hangman Valley area early Wednesday morning. Officer Ben Green would not give an exact location where the body was found, but did say family reported the boy missing earlier in the day. Officers would not officially identify the young man or say how he died. Spokane Police say the boy was 15-years-old.

    More >>
  • Grant County Health District investigates confirmed whooping cough cases

    Grant County Health District investigates confirmed whooping cough cases

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-06-28 19:34:06 GMT

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Grant County Health District staff are investigating 12 confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough), with additional tests pending.  All confirmed cases are withing the Ephrata and Moses Lake community.  No one has been hospitalized at this time.  All family members and those in close contact with those who have it have been notified by the health district, and have started post-exposure prophylaxis.  In 

    More >>

    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Grant County Health District staff are investigating 12 confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough), with additional tests pending.  All confirmed cases are withing the Ephrata and Moses Lake community.  No one has been hospitalized at this time.  All family members and those in close contact with those who have it have been notified by the health district, and have started post-exposure prophylaxis.  In 

    More >>