Cameron Mays is competent to stand trial, Ad Hoc (Retired) Judge James Boddie ruled this afternoon in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.
Two psychiatrists examined Mays and found him competent at the time of the alleged crimes, and able to understand court proceedings, according to reports presented in court by the prosecution. The judge agreed, and set a status conference for August 26, 1:30 PM, to review progress in the case.
A competency evaluation is an assessment of the ability of a defendant to understand and rationally participate in a court process. This standard is based on the Supreme Court decision Dusky v. United States in which the Court affirmed a defendant’s right to have a competency evaluation before proceeding to trial. Competence to proceed was defined by the court as the defendant’s ability to consult rationally with an attorney to aid in his own defense and to have a rational and factual understanding of the charges.