DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A Chesterfield County man charged with the capital murder of a Virginia State Police trooper has been declared incompetent to stand trial.
Russell E. Brown III, 28, is charged with eight felony counts, including the capital murder of a police officer, in connection with the death of 63-year-old Master Trooper Junius A. Walker on March 7, 2013. Walker pulled up next to Brown's vehicle, which was stopped on the shoulder of I-85, to see if he needed any help. Brown then opened fire on the trooper, whose patrol car ran off the road, coming to rest 30 feet from the travel lanes. Brown exchanged gunfire with a responding trooper before fleeing into the woods. He tore off his clothing as he ran, and was later found naked at a towing company on the 19600 block of Boydton Plank Road.
According to Dinwiddie County Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Caruso, a clinical psychologist determined Brown was incompetent to stand trial. Police said in court documents that Brown made unusual comments and behaved erratically toward his family in the weeks prior to Walker's murder. Brown claims that God made him kill the master trooper.
Caruso recommends Brown be sent to Central State Hospital for treatment, so that he may stand trial at a later date. A status hearing will be set on June 17.
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