A man facing six counts of capital murder for allegedly killing three of his family members in Madison County says he's innocent. Rashad Riddick pleaded not guilty to 11 felony charges in court Monday morning.
On the morning of February 12, 2011, James Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen and her daughter Chante Davis were found dead inside their home on Sandford Farm in Madison County. The next day, police arrested Jackson's nephew - Rashad Riddick - for the murders.
The case against Riddick is finally moving forward, after more than a year and a half of legal wrangling over whether he is competent to stand trial.
During Monday's arraignment, the defendant spoke out on his rights to represent himself in court and a speedy trial.
Riddick was found mentally incompetent to stand trial until just last month. NBC29's legal analyst, Lloyd Snook, says getting this case ready for trial will still be very difficult.
"They've presumably given him a mental health treatment down at the Central State Hospital. They've presumably educated him some about the way the process works and now he's able to pass the very basic test. That doesn't mean he's still playing with a full deck," said Snook.
Monday, Riddick pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges - including six counts of capital murder. While his lawyers and the commonwealth's attorney were hammering out pre-trial motions, Riddick repeatedly spoke out to try and present an argument for representing himself. He also stated he didn't believe he was getting a speedy trial.
"I think if he says, 'I want a speedy trial and I want it now and I want to represent myself', the fact that his lawyers say they need more time may not be a good reason not to have the trial," said Snook.
Riddick will be back in court for another pre-trial motions hearing in December. Four weeks have also been set aside for a jury trial starting on September 15 of next year.