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Mental competency review for Shawn Witt delayed

Medical examiners for Shawn Witt are requesting more time to determine whether the 27-year-old man is competent to stand trial in the shooting death of his father.

There were no objections to the request. Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered that Shawn Witt be transported to a proper facility for in-patient treatment and examination.

Witt is accused of slaying his father James Witt Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at their shared home at 34825 Elm St. in Summit. According to the criminal complaint, police found the 60-year-old man’s body in the home after being asked to check on his well-being.

Shawn Witt admitted in the complaint to shooting his father with a rifle, but said it was done in self-defense. However, no evidence was found to suggest that James Witt had attacked his son, the complaint states.

Shawn Witt is being held on a $1 million cash bail and faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. He has also been charged with possession of narcotic drugs, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a temporary restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

He is being represented by attorneys Anthony Rosario and Jorge Frogoso. They requested at a Feb. 7 court hearing that Witt’s mental competency be reviewed.

He is next expected in court on Wednesday, March 26.

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