The Federal Way man accused of fatally shooting his 88-year-old mother, for whom he'd served as caregiver more than 20 years, was ordered Wednesday to undergo a competency evaluation at Western State Hospital.
The evaluation by a forensic psychiatrist will determine whether Jerry W. Thompson is legally competent to stand trial, said Ian Goodhew, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Thompson, 65, has been at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle since the shooting April 14. He was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Alberta J. Thompson, who lived with her son at his house just north of Steel Lake in Federal Way.
Prosecutors allege Thompson shot and killed his mother. He then shot himself in the back of the head, attempting to kill himself but only grazing his skull, according to charging papers.
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King County Superior Court Judge Sharon Armstrong ordered the competency evaluation. Thompson was not at the hearing this morning at King County Courthouse in Seattle. A report on the status of the evaluation is due back June 23, Goodhew said.
The evaluation will address whether Thompson understands the nature of the charges against him and whether he’s able to assist his attorney, Goodhew said.