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Man who shot mom ruled incompetent

A Federal Way man accused of fatally shooting his elderly mother has been found incompetent to stand trial and has been committed to Western State Hospital for up to 90 days.

Jerry W. Thompson, 66, was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation at the state mental hospital in Lakewood after he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Alberta J. Thompson, 88, on April 14.

After reviewing that evaluation, King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler ruled that Thompson was incompetent to stand trial and ordered further treatment and evaluation. In his Sept. 8 court order, Kessler also ruled that Thompson may be required to take “clinically appropriate psychotropic medications” against his will, if necessary.

Thompson lived with his mother at his house in Federal Way and served as her caregiver for more than 20 years. According to charging papers, Thompson was frustrated about his mother’s declining health and worried how he could continue to care for her.

Thompson will receive treatment at the state mental hospital in Lakewood and be re-evaluated for competency to stand trial. A hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

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