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Edinburg teen found incompetent to stand trial for stabbing charges

Samual Homer

WOODSTOCK — The Edinburg teen accused in the May 18 stabbing of a mother and her two young daughters in a park was found incompetent to stand trial on Wednesday.

Samual Jacob Homer, 18, was charged with three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and five counts of possession of child pornography. Homer appeared by video conference from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Wednesday evening for a hearing to determine the results of his court-ordered competency evaluation.

Homer’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Peter McDermott, said that the competency exam in this case showed that Homer’s IQ is in the low 50s, and that he is not competent to stand trial. However, it was determined that Homer’s competency may be restorable. McDermott asked that the court begin competency restoration services on an outpatient-basis while in jail through the Northwestern Community Services Board.

McDermott also noted that the evaluation did not indicate that Homer showed any sign of psychological issues.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp found that Homer is not competent to stand trial, a finding Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley did not object to. But Wiseley questioned whether the community services board conducts competency restoration services. Hupp added that McDermott needed to determine if that was possible before proceeding.

A hearing was set for Dec. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to determine what facility will conduct the competency restoration. Homer remains in custody at RSW Regional Jail as he awaits the next hearing.

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