June 26, 2013
Rashad Riddick faces three capital murder charges after the alleged shooting of three people in Madison County back in 2011.
He was declared incompetent to stand trial at previous hearings, but in the Wednesday morning hearing they did not declare if he was fit to stand trial.
Riddick's defense wanted to go forward with a competency hearing because they want the court to hear from experts on mental health issues as well as documents from the Central State Hospital, that was treating Riddick since September of 2012.
Riddick explained to his defense attorney that he was competent enough to stand trial, but they want expert opinions before they move forward.
The competency hearing date has not been set. The court plans on an August date.
Back in August of 2012 Riddick attacked his defense attorney and asked to represent himself. He was declared incompetent to stand trial because of a mental disorder and doctors said he suffers from a delusional disorder. He has been in psychiatric treatment facilities since September of 2012.
Back in April of 2013, a judge ruled that he was not fit for trial and did not understand the charges facing him. He was also not able to represent himself.
Riddick is accused of shooting Clark Jackson, Karen Jackson and Chante Davis back in 2011.
A friend of the victims, Clark and Karen Jackson, explained that some good could come out of this trial with the creation of a scholarship fund.
"Out of all of this sadness and heartbreak we decided to do something positive," says Lindy Sanford, friend of the Jackson family. "So we decided to try to make a fund for the grandchildren, an educational fund, so we came up with the Jackson-Davis fund."
The money from the fund will go towards college scholarships for the nine grandchildren of Clark and Karen Jackson.
"We also came up with a fund with the Boys & Girls Club in Madison in memory of the Jackson and the Davis family," says Sanford.