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Suspected Petworth Attacker Deemed Incompetent

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A young man police say terrorized the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest D.C. with a series of unprovoked hammer attacks was deemed temporarily incompetent to stand trial by D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin.

Michael Davis, 19, of the District, faced a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court just one day after being charged in the hammer beating death of in April of 66-year-old Gary Dederichs. The recommendation came from a clinical psychologist who had evaluated Michael Davis, saying he showed no understanding of the court process.

Davis is also accused in two other nonfatal hammer attacks and is a suspect of two more similar attacks in the same Petworth neighborhood where he lives, according to the Associated Press.

Davis public defender has asked a judge to order a mental health evaluation, saying she was unable to determine after meeting with her client whether he understands the legal proceedings against him. Davis is the younger brother of NFL players Vernon and Vontae Davis.

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