A Cottonport man accused in the fall 2014 attack and carjacking of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student will not stand trial in the case after a judge found him mentally incompetent and ordered he be committed to a state mental health hospital.
Eric Charles Dupas, 37, will remain in the Lafayette Parish jail until a bed opens up at the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson, according to a court order signed Feb. 2 by 15th Judicial District Judge Edward Rubin.
Dupas had been taking Ecstasy and smoking synthetic marijuana daily around the time of the incident, and he had a history dating back to his teens of abusing cocaine, Adderall and marijuana, according to a sanity report filed by Lafayette forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Boudreaux — one of two mental health professionals appointed to Dupas’ sanity commission.
Boudreaux noted Dupas had “active delusional thoughts” during his interview, when he also shared stories about hearing voices in his head.
Dupas told psychologist F.T. Friedberg similar information, noting he was bound for Lake Charles the day of the crime.
“He gave a long, rambling story about the incident in question which involved voodoo and a voice that told him he needed to go to salt water or he was doomed,” Friedberg wrote.
Friedberg also noted Dupas suffered severe head trauma in 2004 that required reconstructive surgery and led to frequent severe panic attacks, “diminished frustration tolerance” and blackouts.
Dupas is accused of choking, kidnapping and carjacking a young woman he encountered on the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, on Oak Crest Drive, which borders the UL-Lafayette campus.
The victim told police a man forced her into the backseat of her Ford Mustang and drove off, eventually letting her go but taking off with her car, purse and phone.
Police named Dupas as a suspect a month after the attack before discovering he was already in jail on an unrelated charge in Avoyelles Parish, where authorities also found the victim’s car.
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