Dwayne Dale Billings has had his trial for raping a 9 year old autistic girl postponed until he reaches a point where the system can determine that he is competent to stand trial.
The Odessa American reports a judge today ordered Dwayne Dale Billings, a registered sex offender, to stay at least 120 days in the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon.
The judge's ruling was based on the opinions of two experts who evaluated Billings.
Defense psychologist John Howlett and another expert for the prosecution Perry Marchioni reached agreement on Billings' mental incompetence.
I suppose we should just be happy that at least he'll be locked up- even if it's not exactly in a jail cell.
But what gets me the most is this comment:
Defense attorney David Zavoda said he didn't know if Billings' time in Vernon would help because he said Billings had a long history of mental health issues.
Sure, agree to send him somewhere for 'treatment' when even his defense lawyer admits it's not likely to help him.