Teen suspect to undergo psych evaluation

Samuel Homer

WOODSTOCK — Judge Kevin C. Black granted an order on Thursday to perform a psychological evaluation on the Edinburg teen accused of stabbing a mother and her two daughters in a park on May 18.

Samual Jacob Homer, 18, said, according to court documents, that he was possessed by the devil who told him to kill the victims. The documents also state that Homer is mentally handicapped, and was not able to process what was going on.

While in court on Thursday, Homer appeared to be unaware of what was happening around him.

Assistant Public Defender Peter McDermott, who is representing Homer in this case, requested that a psychological evaluation be conducted to determine if he is competent to plead or stand trial. Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wisely agreed that the evaluation would be the best next step in this case.

Homer stands charged with three counts of malicious wounding, and remains in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing in this case is set for Sept. 21 in Shenandoah County General District Court.

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