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Jeffery Doise, right, is taken into custody by the Lake Charles Police Department. (American Press Archives)<br>

Jeffery Doise, right, is taken into custody by the Lake Charles Police Department. (American Press Archives)

Doise found competent to stand trial for killing aunt

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:09 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A teenager accused of killing his aunt was found mentally competent Wednesday to stand trial.

Jeffrey Doise, who turned 18 on Sept. 12, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to second-degree murder charges.

Police said he killed his aunt, 40-year-old Susan Doise, at their West Jefferson home in October 2011. Doise and her husband had adopted Jeffrey, according to court records.

The court scheduled a pretrial conference for May 16.

Psychiatrists Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Garrett Ryder both testified that Doise is competent to stand trial.

It will be left to a jury to decide if he was mentally competent at the time of the killing. Doise initially pleaded not guilty before changing his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in May.

Both Anderson and Ryder said Doise told them that he had been treated at a mental health hospital as a 12-year-old and had a history of taking psychiatric medications, although he is not now on any psychiatric drugs.

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