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Sulphur man competent to stand trial for aggravated rape, incest

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:10 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Sulphur man accused of raping a child was found competent to stand trial Wednesday.

Reports by psychiatrists Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Garrett Ryder both found Damon Troy Skipper, 45, mentally competent to stand trial.

Skipper, charged with two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with juveniles and aggravated rape, told the judge that he agreed with the doctors’ assessment and was ready to proceed with trial.

He is being held on $850,000 bond at the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

His wife, Janice Renee Skipper, 34, is charged with aggravated rape in the same case. She is being held on $250,000 bond.

Other cases

Two others were also found competent to stand trial Wednesday, while records were sought for another.

Hubert Antoine Jr., 37, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

He was found competent by Anderson in April, but had to undergo a second evaluation. The sanity hearing was reset for Jan. 16 so that records from Antoine’s psychiatric history could be retrieved.

Antoine is accused in a July 2011 shooting in the 1700 block of Sixth Street.

Alex Conrad McKneely, 31, accused of attempted second-degree murder, was found competent to stand trial as long as he is on his prescribed medication.

At a sanity hearing Aug. 15, doctors disagreed whether he was competent, with Anderson finding him able to stand trial. The doctors disagreed again Wednesday, with Ryder finding him unable to stand trial.

Both agreed, though, that McKneely would be able to stand trial if medicated.

Ryder said McKneely had stopped taking his medications prior to the doctor’s examination. He said McKneely told him he was more paranoid, was hearing voices and had seen a monster in his cell.

McKneely is accused of trying to kill a woman in November 2003. He is being held on $1 million bond at the CCC.

Stephon Fallon, 21, is charged with three counts of aggravated incest, one count of sexual battery and one count of cruelty to juveniles.

He was declared competent to stand trial, but it will be up to jurors to determine if he was sane at the time of the alleged acts. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

He is being held on $700,000 bond in the CCC.

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