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Accused Santa Fe Shooter May Be Incompetent To Stand Trial

Three psychiatric experts have declared Dimitrios Pagourtzis incompetent to stand trial, the Houston Chronicle reported. Prosecutors may not contest the findings of the experts.

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This Feb. 25, 2019, file photo shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the Santa Fe High School accused shooter, entering a courtroom in Galveston.

Three psychiatric experts have declared Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the teenager accused of the 2018 mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, incompetent to stand trial according to the Houston Chronicle. Pagourtzis' trial was scheduled to begin Feb. 18 in Fort Bend County and may be delayed.

Pagourtzis, 19, is charged with capital murder and attempted murder in the shooting rampage that killed 10 people and wounded 13 in May 2018.

The Chronicle reports psychiatric evaluations took place over the last several weeks, according to the suspect’s attorney.

Defense attorney Nicholas Poehl said prosecutors will not contest the findings, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

A spokesman for the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment, the AP reported.

Poehl said a formal court order declaring his client incompetent was expected later this week.

Pagourtzis will be sent to a state mental health facility, where he will remain for four to six months.

This is a developing story.

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