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United States v. Woodcock

United States District Court, S.D. Mississippi, Southern Division

October 17, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
JASON RICHARD WOODCOCK

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION WITH PROPOSED FINDING OF FACTS FOR DETERMINATION OF DEFENDANT'S COMPETENCY

HALIL SULEYMAN OZERDEN, District Judge.

BEFORE THE COURT is the Report and Recommendation with Proposed Finding of Facts for Determination of Defendant's Competency [34] of United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker. Defendant Jason Richard Woodcock has filed a Notice of Consent and Waiver of Appeal [35], indicating that he has no objection to the Magistrate Judge's finding and recommendation.

On July 19, 2014, the Court entered an Order for psychiatric or psychological evaluation of Defendant pursuant to 18 U.S.C. ยงยง4241, 4242, and 4247. Defendant was examined by Dr. Beverly Smallwood, Ph.D., whose report was introduced as evidence under seal at the October 15, 2014, competency hearing held by the Magistrate Judge. Dr. Smallwood concluded in the report that Defendant is completely competent to stand trial, that he was not insane at the time of alleged federal offenses, and that his mental condition did not and does not bear upon the issue of guilt. Defendant has advised the Court that he agrees with, and does not contest, the findings of Dr. Smallwood's report.

The Court finds that the Magistrate Judge properly recommended that Defendant is not presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense; that he was sane at the time of the offense; that he was able to appreciate the nature, quality and wrongfulness of the actions in question; and that he is competent to stand trial in this cause. The Court therefore finds that the Report and Recommendation with Proposed Finding of Facts [34] should be adopted as the finding of this Court, and the Court hereby finds that Defendant Jason Richard Woodcock is competent to stand trial.

IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that the Report and Recommendation with Proposed Finding of Facts for Determination of Defendant's Competency [34] of United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker entered on October 16, 2014, is adopted as the finding of this Court.

SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED.


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