Henderson County man suspected of murder ruled incompetent to stand trial

Henderson County man suspected of murder ruled incompetent to stand trial

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A man arrested in 2017 for murder in Henderson County has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Doyle Wayne Deason, 65, was charged with murder after he confessed to stabbing Bryan Rodgers, 43 in Nov. 2017.

Deason, of Payne Springs, was sent to a state hospital, according to KLTV news partner, The Athens Daily Review, to be evaluated to see if he was competent to stand trial.

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse says the incident began to unfold before 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, when Deputies responded to a call about a suspicious person on Double Bridge Road in the Cherokee Shores Subdivision.  Deason was reportedly was carrying a butcher knife and searching for someone who stole from him.

Rodgers died at the East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City from a single stab wound.

At the scene on Huntoon Trail, law enforcement discovered a gun believed to be involved in the incident. Rodgers had reportedly walked to a neighbor's residence on Double Bridge Road to seek aid.

An ensuing investigation by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers, and the Henderson County District Attorney's Office led to the suspect on Timber Road in the Timber Bay subdivision.

Deason suffered a minor gunshot wound in the altercation.  He also confessed to authorities that he stabbed the victim.  During an interview with investigators, it was determined that Rodgers was not the original persons that Deason was looking for.

The Daily Review says that Henderson County District Attorney Mark Hall says when someone is found incompetent to stand trial under Article 46B of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, he will generally be committed to a mental-health facility for participation in an individualized "restoration program."

Hall says mental-health professionals notify the court when and if the person has been determined to be competent and sent back to the county for the criminal case to continue and go to trial.  If he is unable to restore competency before the expiration of the 60-day extension, the case will be suspended and the person can be committed for a period that cannot exceed the maximum penalty range of the underlying criminal charge, according to the Daily Review.

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