Two of the three doctors selected by a Baton Rouge judge to examine alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe have concluded he isn’t competent to stand trial in the 2017 fatal shooting of a former BREC commissioner, the judge was told Wednesday.
State District Judge Trudy White previously appointed the doctors to examine Sharpe, 37, of Clinton, and report back on whether he could competently assist his attorney. Sharpe is accused of killing Carroll Breeden Sr., a 66-year-old ex-BREC commissioner gunned down outside his Pride home in September 2017.
Sharpe's lawyer, Tommy Damico, told the judge Wednesday that all of the reports have come back, and two of the three doctors found Sharpe isn’t competent to proceed.
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White scheduled a competency hearing Jan. 30. Sharpe was not in the courtroom.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III, when asked after Wednesday’s court proceeding if his office will object to the doctors’ findings, said a decision hadn't been made.
“We will review the reports submitted to the court and will make a decision once our review is completed,” he said.
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A judge in East Feliciana Parish already has ruled that Sharpe is not competent to stand trial in that parish in the slayings of Thomas Bass, 62, and Brad DeFranceschi, 48, in July 2017 and October 2017, respectively. Two doctors appointed to examine Sharpe in those cases found him incompetent.
Sharpe told investigators he killed Bass, DeFranceschi and Breeden to fill hunting "tags" issued to him by the government, an East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office report states. He also said he had other tags that had not been filled when he was arrested in October 2017, the report adds.
Sharpe is currently receiving treatment at the state mental hospital in Jackson. Doctors are attempting to restore his competency.
“He’s in (the state facility) until they can restore him, if they can restore him,” Damico said outside White’s 19th Judicial District courtroom. “I don’t think he’ll be able to be restored.”
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Sharpe is charged with first-degree murder in DeFranceschi's killing and second-degree murder in the other slayings. He also is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting and wounding of Buck Hornsby in East Feliciana in September 2017, one week before Breeden was killed. Breeden’s family is suing Sharpe.
The shootings occurred over a four-month span and within a 25-mile radius in the Clinton area.