Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Teen accused of killing 2 in Oldsmar is ruled incompetent to stand trial

Benjamin Bishop, 18, is accused of killing two people. 

Benjamin Bishop, 18, is accused of killing two people. 

An 18-year-old accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend in October was deemed incompetent to stand trial, the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office said.

During a hearing Wednesday, an order of incompetency was issued for Benjamin Bishop. Three doctors evaluated Bishop separately in November, May and June.

One doctor said he was competent, but the others disagreed, court records show.

The court concluded that Bishop is currently incompetent to stand trial.

"He's not able to communicate with lawyers and doesn't know what's going on," said Bruce Bartlett, chief assistant state attorney for the Pinellas-Pasco circuit.

The order means that Bishop will be sent to a mental health facility for treatment. Doctors there will then send periodic reports to the court with updates on his condition.

"If at some point they feel like he has returned to a state where he is competent," Bartlett said, "then they would send him back here for further proceeding."

A status check on Bishop's condition is scheduled for Jan. 9, records show.

The doctors' evaluation reports were not disclosed because of medical confidentiality, Bartlett said.

Bishop remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Children and Families declined to say when Bishop will be transferred and which mental facility he will go to for treatment.

Bishop pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Detectives say he has confessed to fatally shooting his mother, Imari Shibata, and her boyfriend, well-known swim coach Kelley Allen, both 49, on Oct. 28 with a 12-gauge shotgun while they lay in bed in their Oldsmar home.

Before the killings, a psychiatrist had diagnosed Bishop with schizophrenia. He was also taken into custody by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office under the Baker Act several times.

In the past, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for trying to strangle his mother.

Times staff writer Curtis Krueger contributed to this report. Contact Laura C. Morel at or (727)445-4157.

Teen accused of killing 2 in Oldsmar is ruled incompetent to stand trial 07/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)


    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.