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Man accused of killing grandmother competent to stand trial

Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:55 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Calcasieu judge Tuesday declared Carl Webb competent to stand trial for allegedly killing his grandmother.

Psychiatrists James Anderson and Garrett Rider both testified they believe Webb fulfills the criteria needed for competency to stand trial.

Webb, 35, is accused of first-degree murder in the February 2009 death of his 75-year-old grandmother, Helen Webb.

Both doctors said Webb told them he had visual and auditory hallucinations. They were not considered to be in the “genuine sense,” Anderson said.

Anderson said when he asked Webb about the auditory hallucinations, Webb told him, “I hear voices all the time.”

Webb told Anderson he saw “shadows moving on the wall like bugs,” the doctor said. Anderson said Webb also told him that he had taken LSD in the past.

Anderson said he regarded Webb’s responses as “general answers” that lacked specifics.

He said he regarded the answers as more Webb’s general thoughts and not hallucinations.

Anderson said that when he interviewed Webb, Webb showed symptoms of paranoia, but not extreme psychotic thought.

Based on Webb’s situation, Anderson said paranoid thought was not out of the ordinary — “people are out to get him, plotting and scheming, in a sense,” the doctor said.

“There’s a little saying, ‘just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you,’” Anderson said later.

Rider said that when he evaluated Webb Nov. 5, the day before Anderson’s evaluation, Webb was irritable and a bit paranoid, but not psychotic.

Rider said Webb had the ability to judge right from wrong. He also said Webb understood his charges and their consequences.

Both doctors said Webb told them he had a past history of psychiatric hospitalization, most recently in 1995.

Webb is currently serving a 65-year prison term on illegal weapons charges. He was found guilty in April on three counts of possession of stolen firearms and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

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