GALVESTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — They say their client can’t understand the legal proceedings against him, now attorneys for the teen charged in last year’s school shooting at Santa Fe High is asking the court for a mental evaluation.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder for the May 2018 attack at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead and wounded more than a dozen others. The 18-year-old is currently awaiting trial, which a judge moved from Galveston County to Fort Bend County because of intense publicity surrounding the case.READ MORE: Arlington Home Catches Fire During Sunday Storms
According to the Galveston County Daily News, Pagourtzis’ attorneys argued in a court filing Monday that the teenager’s mental state “has degraded to the point where there is no understanding of the matter and the proceedings.”READ MORE: Head-On Crash Near Glen Rose Leaves 3 Dead, Officials Say
Experts say if Pagourtzis is judged incompetent, he may be transferred to a state mental health facility to receive treatment before being reevaluated months later.MORE NEWS: Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients Filling Up Hospitals, Austin Officials Say ICU Capacity Reaching 'Critical Point'
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