Crime Akron man accused of killing 9 neighbors in fires argues with judge over competency hearings, requests jury trial instead

18:00  13 november  2019
18:00  13 november  2019 Source:   wkyc.com

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"I don't think I need to go forward with no competency hearing ," Ford told Judge Christine Croce at a court hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13. "I didn't commit a

Прямой эфир: 13 нояб. 2019 г. An Akron man accused of killing nine neighbors in a pair of arson fires is due in court Tuesday morning for a hearing regarding his competency to stand trial . Tuesday's status hearing comes after a judge granted a defense motion for a second opinion competency

Stanley Ford made it clear in court Tuesday morning that he has no interest in moving forward with doctors to determine if he's competent to stand trial in the deaths of nine people who lost their lives in arson fires.

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"I don't think I need to go forward with no competency hearing," Ford told Judge Christine Croce. "I didn't commit a crime to deal with all these different psychologists and psychiatrists. It's not making any sense. ... The state can't even produce evidence."

After the judge offered an explanation of the purpose of the competency hearing, Ford refused to see a doctor while continuing to maintain his innocence.

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“I’m not seeing a doctor," Ford declared. "I’m not signing anymore papers. Just give me a jury trial. Come on, let’s go with it. I’m not going to see a doctor. I’m not seeing no more doctors. I’m done. I’m done with it. It’s not making any sense. I didn’t commit a crime. The state knows that all the evidence that is gathered that I didn’t commit a crime."

We streamed the entire court hearing, which you can watch live in full below:

Judge Croce continued explaining why the competency hearing will go on as scheduled as ordered on Dec. 19.

“We’re not talking about the evidence, and we’re not getting to that portion of the trial until we get to this about whether I’m convinced that as you sit here today -- or sit in a month for a trial -- you can assist in your defense and that you have the capability of understanding the process.”

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Judge Croce said the only way to ensure that happens is that he continues working with the doctor to get an “adequate second opinion” regarding his competency.

Then, the following exchange took place:

Ford: “I’m done with that. I’m not seeing no more doctors. Let’s go on with the trial in January.”

Judge Croce: “Well, we’re going forward with the hearing on the 19th, and I’m going to make the determination whether you’re competent to stand trial.”

Ford: “That’s not fair, your Honor.”

Judge Croce: “No, that’s my job, Mr. Ford.”

Ford: “You’re supposed to be fair and just.”

Judge Croce: “I am!”

Ford: “No, you’re not. You won’t even demand the prosecutor to show the evidence.”

Judge Croce: “They don’t have to show the evidence until we have to get to trial.”

Despite Ford's comments, Judge Croce ordered the next competency hearing will still take place Dec. 19 with a status hearing scheduled for Dec. 3.

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If Ford is found competent to stand trial, the case will move forward in 2020.

In a previous court hearing, the judge ordered a competency evaluation of Ford after a court psychologist's evaluation was inconclusive, and Ford's attorneys claimed medical testing indicates he has brain damage and cognitive impairment. After a 21-day evaluation, a forensic psychologist submitted a nine-page report Sept. 16 determining that Stanley Ford is competent to stand trial.

Ford, 60, is charged in setting two Fultz Street fires that caused nine deaths, including a family of seven in May 2017. That fire killed Dennis Huggins, Angela Boggs, and their five children, Cameron, Alivia, Kylle, Daisia and Jered. A sixth child, who was 18, was not home at the time of the fire.

The previous fire happened about a year earlier, and claimed the lives of Lindell Lewis and Gloria Jean Hart.

Ford lived on Hillcrest Street, which runs perpendicular to Fultz Street. He was also connected to a vehicle arson that was reported in January 2017, when an SUV was set on fire in a Russell Avenue driveway.

Ford is charged with 22 counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated arson, one count of cruelty to animals, one count of arson and one count of aggravated menacing.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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