Two Years and Four Examinations Later, Michael Davis Found Incompetent for Trial

After more than two years of mental health treatment, Michael Davis has been found incompetent to stand trial for a third time. He is being held in connection with a series of hammer attacks in Petworth, one of which killed Gary Dederichs.

Davis, brother of NFL stars Vernon and Vontae Davis, was ruled competent to stand trial by Judge Robert Morin in May 2013, after two previous observations.

In April 2012, 66-year-old Dederichs was found by police suffering from a blunt force trauma to the head in the 800 block of Emerson Street Northwest. He died on the scene.

During an earlier hearing in February 2014, Davis’ attorneys argued that he was still mixing up legal concepts and that he could not participate fully in his defense.

Virtually all of the Hospital letters indicate that Mr. Davis required ‘education’ on one or more areas,” Davis’s attorneys wrote in a motion presented to the court.

An evaluator from St. Elizabeths Hospital asked for a 30-day observation in order to conduct more treatment.

Judge Morin ruled Davis will remain at St. Elizabeths until Davis is restored to mental competency.

His next mental observation hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 2:15 p.m.

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