PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) — Mental Health Court Judge Charles Burton held a hearing today to determine whether Semmie Williams, Jr. is competent to stand trial.
Three psychologists have examined him and they testified at today's hearing which lasted about 4 hours.
Two of the psychologists feel he is competent to stand trial.
The other psychologist, who examined Williams for about 7 hours during 8 visits to the jail, has concluded that he is incompetent.
Semmie Williams is accused of killing Ryan Rogers in November. The 14-year-old boy went out for a bike ride and never came home. Police found his body near an overpass near I-95. Police said Williams stabbed the boy multiple times in the head and face. Police arrested Williams in Miami, a few weeks later.
The judge did not make a ruling today. He gave the defense until next Wednesday to submit a written argument and the state was given until Friday to respond in writing to the defense written argument and the judge will rule at some point after that.
Williams did not speak during the hearing today, and no members of the victim's family were in the courtroom.
Prosecutors are going after the death penalty in the case.