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Houston Man Accused In Deputy Goforth’s Shooting Declared Incompetent

State District Judge Susan Brown ordered 31-year-old Miles be sent to a mental hospital.

Mugshot of Shannon J. Miles
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Mugshot of Shannon J. Miles

The man accused of shooting and killing a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy last fall has been found incompetent to stand trial. Shannon Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Deputy Darren Goforth.

State District Judge Susan Brown ordered 31-year-old Miles be sent to a mental hospital.

After four months of medication and treatment, his competency will be re-evaluated.

"Well, this is a starting point, OK. You’ve had two forensic psychiatrists concur that he’s incompetent to stand trial at this time, both concluding the likelihood that he would regain competency in the foreseeable future," says Anthony Osso, Miles' defense attorney.

Harris County prosecutors Tuesday didn't dispute arguments from Miles' lawyers that he’s schizophrenic and doesn’t understand the legal proceedings against him.

If convicted, Miles could face the death penalty.

 

This afternoon, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement:

Community: HCSO Response To Shannon J Miles Ruling.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office learned today that State District Judge Susan Brown committed Shannon Miles to a Vernon state mental hospital for 120 days. This individual was responsible for the killing of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth.

We are disappointed by the news, but remain hopeful that the State will restore Shannon Miles' competency promptly so justice can be sought. It is a tragic reminder that we lost Deputy Goforth to an individual whose only apparent motive was that Darren wore the uniform of a law enforcement officer.

For full details, view this message on the web.

 

Earlier post 12:07 p.m.:

The man accused of shooting and killing a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy last fall has been found incompetent to stand trial.

The decision was announced in a Houston courtroom Tuesday morning, according to local media outlets.

Shannon Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Deputy Darren Goforth.

In a court motion filed in December, Miles' attorneys said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and doesn't understand the legal proceedings against him. The prosecution’s medical team agreed.

He will now be transferred to a state hospital.