Correction: Shannon Miles has not been charged with capital murder as previously stated. He is charged with killing Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.
Shannon Miles, accused of fatally shooting Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth at a Cypress Chevron gas station in August, is being committed to a state mental hospital following a ruling by a judge on Tuesday.
Miles was examined independently by mental health professionals hired by his attorney, Anthony Osso, and was found episodically psychotic and schizophrenic, Osso said on Tuesday. Prosecutors in the case also believe he is incompetent to stand trial at this time.
In her ruling, Judge Susan Brown ordered Miles to be transferred to a mental health facility in Vernon state for 120 days in order to receive treatment. Following the treatment, his competence will be reevaluated to see if he can stand trial.
Miles has been charged for the killing of Goforth, after allegedly shooting 15 times into the back of deputy’s head as he pumped gas into his police cruiser.
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