Michael Davis (Courtroom sketch by William J. Hennessy Jr.)
Accused suspect Michael Davis (Photo courtesy: princeofpetworth.com)
The teenager accused in a series of vicious hammer attacks in Petworth that left one man dead has been ruled temporarily incompetent by a D.C. Superior Court judge.
In a report prepared for the court, a clinical psychologist says Michael Davis has been treated in the past for schizophrenia and is currently unable to understand the depth of his legal troubles.
Davis stared straight ahead and showed no emotion as several lawyers and a judge discussed the current state of his mental health. None of them were objecting when Judge Robert Morin said he would order inpatient treatment at Saint Elizabeths Hospital for the next 60 days.
Police say the 19-year-old used a claw hammer to attack people without provocation who were walking in his neighborhood.
According to a five-page report prepared by a psychologist from Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Davis "often stared" off into space while being evaluated over a period of two days this week.
He told the doctor he was "doing good" at the Youth in Transition School in Baltimore.
The report says when he was hospitalized last year, his teacher and parent both said they are "afraid of him."
It was noted he has a history of "psychotic issues and hospitalizations."
In addition, the report says Davis reported that he attends the "Green Door" and was "unsure" of his current psychotropic medications.
Green Door is a community program in Northwest D.C. that prepares people with severe and persistent mental illness to work and live independently.
Outside the courthouse, the grandmother of one of the victims said she was unconvinced Davis is incompetent.
"If he can go out and hurt people, he can stand trial," said Barbara Miles.
Miles said Davis' actions after the attack on her granddaughter led her to believe he is sane.
"Because he ran and he was hiding and he was throwing away clothes, evidence, so he's able to stand trial," Miles says. "I really believe he can stand trial on what he did to people."
Davis was charged this week with killing Gary Dederichs, a tourist from Colorado, as he walked back to the place he was staying in the neighborhood.
Police believe the teen, who is the brother of NFL players Vernon and Vontae Davis, also attacked four other people over a three-day period.
So far, he has only been charged in the murder and two of the four non-fatal attacks.
Investigators say they have yet to discover a motive.
Nothing was taken during the assaults, nothing was said and the victims were apparently picked at random.
Davis' family has not hired an attorney for his defense, instead relying on counsel from the public defenders service.
Miles says her granddaughter is still traumatized by the attack, but is out of the hospital and recovering.