SPOKANE, Wash.-- A judge ruled Tuesday that Avondre Graham, 18, is competent to stand trial for the murder of Sharlotte McGill. The judge set his trial for November 4th.
She said that Graham's low intelligence does not make him unfit for trial. She added that that precedent was set on similar cases before Graham's.
"He has a low IQ, both experts agree on that," said Judge Maryann Moreno. "He has inherent intellectual disabilities, or mental retardation."
Graham is accused of fatally stabbing McGill in May of 2012 along a North Spokane trail. Psychologists from both sides agree that the accused killer is not trying to work the justice system by fabricating his poor mental state.
"Experts believe the defendant is not exaggerating or lingering. No evidence of that," said Judge Moreno. "Both experts also say he is not psychotic."
The Judge said that it was evidence from other cases, combined with expert testimony regarding Graham's knowledge of the legal system, that forced her to rule him competent.
"I do believe Mr. Graham understands the nature of the charges against him," Judge Moreno said. "I believe he understands courtroom procedure and all the players. I'm also satisfied he can assist his defense.
The hearing resumed Tuesday morning at 11:30. It began Monday afternoon.
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Avondre Graham appeared to have little expression throughout the hearing, but there was a noticeable difference before and after. Graham sat next to his attorney in a polite manner during the hearing. His hands were clasped on the desk and he appeared to listen to Judge Moreno intently. He also maintained about the same facial expression during the entire proceedings.
Graham left the court room with his chin up with an obvious change in facial expression than when he first entered.
Visitors to the courtroom, including Graham's family members, declined comment after Tuesday's competency ruling.
On Monday, psychologist from Miami testified for the defense. He evaluated Graham's mental state. Psychologist Bruce Frumkin testified that Graham has an intellectual disability and mild retardation. He also claimed that Graham had “very low intelligence” which will force Graham to give answers that he thinks people want to hear.
"Basically, 99.5% of the population his age are brighter than he is. He would have mild retardation," said Frumkin, testifying on Monday over a video feed from Miami for the defense.
Witnesses said the Graham showed no emotion as the psychologist discussed his mental state.
"He had a verbal comprehension of 68, which is the lower two percent range. And a working memory index of 66. That's the lower one percent range," Frumkin said.
The psychologist stated that he spent eight hours interviewing Graham. He also met with the suspect’s mother. Frumkin also referenced a test that the prosecution’s expert did on Graham. He called their test “awful.”
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"He often didn't remember important things about his history," said Frumkin. "For example, the simple question, like 'how far did you go in school?' I had to ask him that three times."
He said that it may have been too painful for Graham to think about his past. Frumkin said that Graham told him that he had seen lots of abuse and violence growing up. Detectives believed that he echoed that violence in his teenage years.
Testimony on Monday also showed that Graham was suicidal and would binge on alcohol and drugs. When these details came out in court, Graham's family got emotional.
"Mr. Graham has a pretty significant history of psychiatric problems and treatment, multiple hospitalizations due to behavior problems, depression," said Frumkin.
The defense said that these issues are among a long list that make him incompetent to stand trial.
But Judge Moreno said defendants with far worse conditions have stood trial before Graham.
"Defendants with amnesia, defendants who are psychotic have been found competent," Judge Moreno said.
Dr. Nathan Henry took the stand on behalf of the prosecution and disagreed with Frumkin's conclusion.
"When I asked what would the defendant hope to get in pleading guilty, he said 'less time,'" Dr. Henry said. "That's another example of demonstrating some of the more complicated aspects of legal proceedings."
Graham was arrested in 2012 following the murder of McGill. He pleaded not guilty to Second Degree Murder, Third Degree Assault and First Degree Robbery.
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Graham matched the suspect description Sharlotte McGill gave before she died in May. She told police a black man with an odd eye stabbed her several times on South Riverton, near the area where the Mission Park attack happened.
According to court documents, Graham told police the morning of May 3, he was sitting on a rock near Tuffy’s trail when McGill walked by him. He claimed McGill made a racial slur and commented on his music. Graham said he became upset and picked up two baseball-size rocks.
According to court documents, Graham admitted to throwing one of the rocks at the back of McGill’s head, bringing her to her knees. He said he grabbed a folding knife from his pocket and stabbed McGill three times, and she started to scream. He then threw the knife into the river and walked back to his apartment.
Police interviewed Graham shortly after the murder and took a DNA sample from him. The sample did not match DNA found on McGill. Police said that does not mean Graham is not the killer.
Detectives said during questioning, Graham also had extensive knowledge about McGill’s murder.
Graham's trial has been set for November 4th.