Judge Found Defendant Competent to Stand Trial

A DC Superior Court judge found an assault defendant competent to stand trial.

Steven Jones was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon on Nov. 2, 2017. He is currently receiving mental health treatment at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, DC’s psychiatric institution.

Defense attorney Brandi Harden agreed that Jones is competent, but she asked that her client stop being forcibly medicated, saying “there’s no indication that he doesn’t wish to take the medication voluntarily.”

Harden also requested that Jones remain in the hospital to continue cognitive behavioral therapy.

Judge Michael Ryan granted both of her requests. 

Jones’ next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.