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Accused Goforth Killer Returns To Houston For Competency Hearing

Shannon Miles, the man accused of killing Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was returned to Houston yesterday, after treatment at a mental hospital.

The attorneys for 31-year-old Shannon Miles say they were only able to meet briefly with their client on Tuesday, when he was returned to Houston.

185th District Criminal Court Judge Susan Brown granted their request to postpone his next court appearance until November 16th. That gives the defense time to have a separate mental competency evaluation.

Miles was arrested after Deputy Darren Goforth’s August 2015 murder. Goforth was fatally shot 15 times outside a Chevron station in Cypress while refueling.

Miles had been found incompetent to stand trial, and was sent to the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon. Last week, the hospital advised the court that they feel they have restored his competency. The defense said it would have pushed for a jury trial on his competency, had the judge denied their request for a delay.

Miles never actually appeared in court this morning – he remains in the Harris County Jail.

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