Teen Highschool Shooter Who Killed 10 And Injured 13 Is Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

On May 18 2018, Dimitrios Pagourtzis who was 17 at the time, burst
into a classroom at the Santa Fe high school and opened fire on students
and staff with a 38 caliber shotgun killing 10 people and injuring 13.
 
His murder trial has however been delayed while he
receives mental health treatment after he was found incompetent to stand
trial. 
 
 
Three experts – one for the defense, one appointed by
the court and one picked by prosecutors – found Dimitrios Pagourtzis
incompetent to stand trial.
 
 
Nick Poehl, one of Pagourtzis’ attorneys said the accused cannot understand the charges against him or assist in his defense.
 
 
Pagourtzis who is now 19, is charged with capital murder
for the May 18, 2018, attack at Santa Fe High School. His trial was set
to start February 18, however, the case was put on hold so that he
could undergo a psychiatric evaluation. As Pagourtzis was 17 at the time
of the attack, he cannot be sentenced under the death penalty.  
 
 

He will now be transferred from the Galveston County Jail to a state
mental health facility, where he will remain for four to six months to
receive treatment. After that, he will be re-evaluated to determine
whether he is competent for trial.

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