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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 lmorel@tampabay.com 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]
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