Rashad Riddick Remains Under Psychiatric Evaluation
The man accused of killing three of his Madison County family members won't go to trial any time soon. Rashad Riddick, 25, remains under psychiatric evaluation, and we'll have to wait almost four months before we know if he's fit to face a jury.
By the time Riddick returns to court, it will have been more than two years since he was first accused of the crime. But that time has yielded more questions than answers, and the case is far from finished.
Riddick is accused of murdering his uncle, James Clarke Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen, and her daughter Chante Davis in February 2011. He faces 11 charges, including six counts of capital murder and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Now almost two years later, Madison County still has no verdict, as the capital murder case gets caught in competence hearing after competence hearing. There have been four such hearings in the past six months.
The first yielded nothing - Riddick refused to cooperate with the court or his attorneys. His second evaluation in August shocked the court when Riddick leapt from his chair, attacking his own defense counsel Joseph Flood. Flood suffered only minor injuries, and insisted he continue with the case.
At the rescheduled hearing in September, the judge declared Riddick incompetent to stand trial, citing documented violence, paranoia, and testimony from mental health professionals. Since then, Riddick has remained in treatment at Central State Hospital.
The case is at a standstill, as frustrated family members struggle to find closure.
Riddick's evaluators have until April 3 to complete an evaluation, but may request more time if necessary. Riddick's next hearing is set for April 5.
In the meantime, friends of the family members killed in 2011 have a fund set up to help support their grandchildren and the Madison County Boys and Girls Club. Click here for more information on how to contribute.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
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