Judge Holds Competent Murder Defendant at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

During a preliminary hearing Aug. 21, a DC Superior Court judge denied the release of a murder defendant. The judge also order the defendant remain at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital even though he was found competent.

George Anderson, 21, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 24-year-old Devin Butler on the 1200 block of North Capitol Street, NW on June 13.

Judge Todd E. Edelman previously ordered that Anderson’s competence be evaluated at St. Elizabeth’s on June 17.Judge Edelman said that Anderson needed to stay at St. Elizabeth’s to maintain his mental health.

According to a Metropolitan Police Department detective,  Anderson is known to have visual and auditory hallucinations and does not take his prescribed medication.

Judge Edelman also said he found no conditions of release that could guarantee the community’s safety.
During the hearing, defense attorney Blase Kearney withdrew from Anderson’s case. Attorney Judith Pipe was appointed to represent the defendant. A reason for the change was not given in open court.
Anderson is scheduled for a felony status conference on Oct. 18.