Tulsa Teen's Competency Trial In Death Of Teacher Continues

Friday, August 17th 2018, 3:00 am
By: News On 6

A Tulsa County jury continues to hear evidence in the competency trial of Deonte Green.

The 17-year-old is charged with a string of robberies, the rape of an elderly woman and the murder of Shane Anderson, Broken Arrow school teacher last fall.

Under Oklahoma law, a person charged with a crime is presumed competent, so it is up to Deonte Green's attorney to prove his client is not. Green's attorneys called two psychologists who said Green is not competent.

During testimony on Thursday, one of the psychologists said Green has an IQ of 59 and is illiterate. That witness told the court, Green can't even comprehend the words "serious offense," and for that reason is not competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors want to show the videotape of Green's interview with police after his arrest so they can see and hear the teen for themselves, to help them determine his competency.

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Defense attorneys argue the tape would only inflame and prejudice the jury and they would consider it while deciding competency which, by law, they should not.

The judge ruled one of the two police interviews was admissible in this trial.

In the video interview, Green at first denies the robberies, kidnapping an elderly couple and raping the woman and killing Anderson. Eventually he admits to the crimes and tells police he did not mean to kill that man, referring to school teacher Shane Anderson.

The jury can only decide if Deonte Green is competent, not if he's guilty or not guilty. If he is found competent, he will stand trial for the charges, and another jury would decide if he is guilty or not. If the current jury finds him incompetent, he will be placed in a mental facility.

The competency trial is expected to conclude Friday.