December 13, 2012
Thursday's competency hearing was Rashad Riddick's fourth mental evaluation in six months. The 26-year-old is accused of shooting three family members-Clark and Karen Jackson, and Chante Davis.
"They meant the world to us," said Hope Davis, the daughter of Karen and Clark Jackson. "Not a day goes by that we don't think about them."
The Clarks, along with one of their daughters, were shot and killed on their Madison County farm in February of 2011. Riddick is related to the family and had been staying with at the home. Davis says the Jackson's nine grandchildren have suffered the loss the most.
"My daughter just had a breakdown a few weeks ago because she misses her family."
Riddick was arrested shortly after the murders, but the case against him has remained at a standstill as lawyers argue over his competency. Riddick maintains he wants to represent himself. During a competency hearing in August of 2012, he punched his own defense attorney, Joseph Flood, in the face. At another hearing in September, mental health experts testified Riddick suffers from a paranoid delusional disorder. He was declared incompetent to stand trial and was sent to Central State Hospital for anti-psychiatric treatment.
During Thursday's hearing, Judge Daniel Bouton read a letter from mental health experts treating Riddick at the hospital. The letter stated Riddick was still undergoing treatment and needed further evaluation. Judge Bouton ruled Riddick incompetent to stand trial and scheduled another hearing for April 4.
At Riddick's next competency hearing, the court is expected to take up the issue of his defense team. Prosecutor George Webb has filed a motion for defense attorney Joseph Flood to step down from the case, calling the physical altercation with Riddick a conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, dozens of family members of the Jacksons pack into the tiny Madison County courtroom for each hearing and say they will continue to do so until justice is served.
"We just want it done and over with so we can go on with our lives," Davis said. "We have to go on with our lives anyways but we still have this tragedy that will not come to an end."
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