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Oklahoma News

March 20, 2014

Man not competent for trial in 4 relatives’ deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  — A man accused of fatally shooting four of his family members will be confined to a mental health treatment center after a judge ruled Thursday that he is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Daniel Green, 40, is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 14 deaths of his mother, Sallie Green, 57; sister, Rebecca Cizek, 34; his sister’s daughter, Katherine Cizek, 16; and her 7-month-old son, Amario Dominguez III.

Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn Jones said a psychological examination has revealed that Green is unable to help his defense attorney prepare for a trial in the case.

 State law requires that a criminal defendant understand the nature of the charges against him and be able to assist his defense attorney in order to be tried.

Defense attorney Gina Walker, who requested the psychological examination, has said Green has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Green “has a long and documented mental health history over the last 19 years,” according to the motion, which also said Green’s mother and a grandfather and uncle also were diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“Mr. Green has presented counsel with a delusional belief system regarding Mr. Green’s past, present and future life/lives,” the motion said.

Jones remanded Green to the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and ordered that he be confined to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita for treatment and medication to restore competency.

Green, who has been held on the mental health floor of the Oklahoma County Jail, stood in front of the judge alongside his defense attorney as Jones read the findings of the psychological examination. Neither Green’s father, Raymond Green, nor the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Harmon, objected to the findings.

Jones ordered that reports on the progress of Green’s mental health treatment be provided to the court every 120 days.

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