MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (1/25/2019) – An Isabella County judge ruled James Davis Jr. was crazy when he shot and killed his parents in a college at Central Michigan University while packing to leave in the spring break last year.
James Davis Jr. appearing in court not to be guilty of insanity to kill his parents at a Central Michigan University dorm in March 201
Friday was the preliminary hearing in the case of 20-year-old Davis who shot his parents James Sr. and Diva Davis died on March 2.
The younger Davis is believed to have taken his father's gun from their vehicle that morning, went up to his fourth floor dorm room at Campbell Hall at Central Michigan University, where the parents packed his belongings and shot them both.
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Davis had first been ruled incompetent for trial, but was treated and found competent in October. But Michigan's psychiatric examiner has stated that Davis was legally insane at the time of the crimes.
"Competencies refer to right now – a person's state of mind," said his lawyer, Joshua Blanchard. "Criminal liability refers at the time of the offense and fortunately the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has set new standards in place and procedures that allowed us to get into this quickly, handle it properly and honestly save all costs and costs. trauma to go through a lawsuit. "
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Judge Eric Janes did not accept Davis & # 39; guilty of insanity. The reason means that Davis goes to the State Center for Forensic Psychiatry for further diagnosis and mental health treatment for 60 days.
"They need to make an evaluation, send back a report that Probate Court will look at and make a decision on where this case goes forward," Blanchard said.
Isabella County Public Prosecutor issued a statement, satisfied with the caregiver's agreement, but adding this does not mean that Davis is now free. He will undergo mental supervision, possibly for the rest of his life.
"I think it's the right result. I think it's a fair solution," Blanchard said. "I appreciate the fact that everyone involved took the time to look at this matter and get the right result, and I think it's the right result for Mr. Davis and the family."