Judge rules accused cop killer Major Davis incompetent to stand trial


Major Davis Jr.

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Update (Feb. 22, 2017)– After Davis went through mental health treatment, the judge ruled him competent to stand trial. Read more here.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A judge has ruled accused cop killer Major Davis Jr. incompetent to stand trial.

Four psychologists and psychiatrists testified last month after evaluating Davis, and all four of them told the judge he was incompetent.

According to testimony from the doctors, Davis has a history of mental illness. He has been documented as telling family and friends that he’s tormented by demons, he’s deeply suspicious of the world, and that he could be considered a conspiracy theorist.

In the psychiatric evaluation of Davis, the four doctors all confirmed that Davis was so delusional in his evaluation, he told them he believed that God was his attorney and that the court, judge, attorneys, everyone involved in the judicial system, had set up and elaborate conspiracy to convict him.

Davis is charged with murder in connection with the July 5, 2014 shooting death of IMPD Officer Perry Renn.

Renn and another officer were responding to a call of shots fired in an alley off of 34th Street on the east side. Witnesses said Davis fired at Renn with an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle. Davis was wounded by return gunfire.

The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police released a statement about the ruling:

"Today we learned of a ruling involving the ongoing prosecution related to the murder of IMPD Officer Perry Renn.

"Although frustrating, we respect the criminal justice process and appreciate the continued efforts of the Marion County Prosecutors Office.

"We recognize this is just another step in the process of ensuring justice for Officer Renn, his wife and our law enforcement family.

"In the interim, our police officers maintain their resolve to serve our community while honoring the sacrifice of Officer Renn and all our sisters and brothers who have laid down their lives serving and protecting others.

"We ask our community to continue to pray for our police officers, their families and our City."

Davis will go to a state facility where he will undergo evaluation and treatment in order to restore his competency.

The court will receive a report from his doctors in 90 days and another report in 180 days. At that time they'll determine whether he can stand trial in the future.

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