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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