DAILYKENN.com -- Aaron Jerome Howell savagely beat the unarmed Paul Edward Guerrant to death in 2014.
The killer has been found incompetent to stand trial and will be confined at a state hospital.
Reports say Guerrant was attacked while walking home from a church meeting in Milledgeville, Ga.
A homeless man accused of murder in Dalton has been declared incompetent to stand trial and will be sent to the state hospital in Milledgeville.
Aaron Jerome Howell is accused of murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the beating death of Paul Edward Guerrant in December of 2014.
Psychological evidence from both the public defender’s office, which is representing Howell, and the state was presented Tuesday morning showing Howell was mentally incompetent to stand trial. Superior Court Judge
Cindy Morris agreed and committed Howell to the care of psychologists at the state hospital.
“We go with what our state psychologists tell us and we didn’t disagree with the evaluation,” District Attorney Bert Poston said. “He will be treated by the state and the hospital has 90 days to report to the court on his status. As soon as he comes back and he has been determined to be competent, we will put him on the trial calendar.”
Poston was quick to point out that competency is not the same as an insanity plea.
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