Orlando judge to decide Nov. shooting suspect's competency

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A public defender wants a man charged with killing a former colleague and wounding five others in a rampage at an Orlando engineering firm declared incompetent to stand trial.

Attorney Robert Wesley will address the mental health of his client, 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez, at a competency hearing Monday.

Rodriguez is charged with first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Wesley said Rodriguez understands what is happening in court, but he doesn't understand why it's happening to him.

If declared incompetent, Rodriguez will be sent to a state mental health hospital.

According to police documents, Rodriguez's mental health had been declining two years before the office shooting in November.

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