Man Won't Be Tried For Killing Mom, Stabbing Dad With Butcher Knife

A superior court judge has ruled a Jacksonville man is not competent to stand trial for killing his mother with a butcher knife.

Julius Thomas was in court earlier this week as lawyers argued whether was fit to stand trial for killing his mother and injuring his father in January 2008.

Experts testified Thomas has schizophrenia, coupled with a significant level of paranoia.

Thomas is accused of stabbing his parents and then barricading himself inside their Steeple Chase Court home after they escaped a neighbor's house in Foxhorn Village. Thomas' mother later died, while his father survived.

Superior Judge Charles Henry ruled that Thomas, while he has an adequate understanding of the proceedings against him, cannot assist his attorney in helping him present a defense due to his psychotic condition. See link at top of story to view judge's order

Henry says the 21-year-old will now be sent to Cherry Hospital for treatment, and once he is deemed competent he'll be brought back to Onslow County to face trial.


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  • by leigh Location: chocowinity on Mar 21, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    Buford, that's like saying that every defense attorney should be held accountable for every repeat crime their clients committed. If he truly is mentally ill, then he needs to be treated. If not, then he should go to prison. Personally, I'm like Alpha on this one. I think I'd rather go to prison than to Cherry. I didn't like being there when I was a nursing student. The place gives me the creeps.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 21, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    Dont't care whre he is kept as long as he is not a threat to general population.
  • by Chris on Mar 21, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    How so Buford? It says that once he gets treatment he will go on trial for his crimes. If you had a heart condition that required medical attention wouldn't you be deserving of getting treated for that? He deserves treatment just like anyone else does.
  • by Buford Location: New Bern on Mar 21, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    Lawyers, the "prostitutes" of the justice system. If this man commits another crime, his lawyers should be held accountable.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Mar 21, 2009 at 03:29 AM
    Just like anyone with a heart condition, you require a Dr. to regulate your needs so that you can live productively, This gentleman deserves the same treatment. if he is TRULY incompetent, which he probably is, He has a illness just like when you or I has a heart problem. The Mental Health system is not exactly the best by any standards but ALOT of people working in Mental Health (cherry included) are there to HELP people! You can call them a "ko-ko" bird all you want to, but I carry people just like you, your mom/dad, even your kids to mental health facilities all over the state of NC. It doesnt take a "lowly" person to end up with a mental condition, and it doesnt make you "crazy" to seek treatment for your illness! Maybe he will get the treatment he needs so he can stand trial for his crimes.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I would rather go to prison than Cherry. ..I don't know what we're suppose to say... "congrats on being considered a koko-bird and not a jailbird?"
  • by what on Mar 20, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    I agree with all of you this doesnt make since at all!! what kind of system do we have?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Me, you got that right. If he is incompetent, then he should be locked up forever. If he was incompetent at the time of the murders, then how can he be tried for them?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    With Cherry's record he may not make it out alive.
  • by me Location: nc on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Yeah this is another one that's playing the system..
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