Slick ruled incompetent in murder case

Jarrod Powell Slick

Jarrod Powell Slick

Special to The Star
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM.

Jarrod Powell Slick, 23, charged with killing his mother, Renee Gail Coffey, in their Cape San Blas home in May was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial and will be transferred to Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee for ongoing evaluation.

During Slick’s arraignment hearing on Tuesday, Judge John Fishel made the decision to send Slick back to Florida State where he stayed after his arrest on two counts each of arson and burglary stemming from fires at the Port St. Joe Masonic Lodge in December 2012.

Slick was also deemed incompetent to proceed on those charges. He was treated and released on bond, posted by Coffey.

While at the Florida State, Slick was diagnosed with depression and later attempted suicide while out on bond.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Slick told Fishel he didn’t want a lawyer and would represent himself. Fishel appointed a public defender to the case and explained that a lengthy hearing would first need to be held to determine whether Slick could act as his own attorney, but it couldn’t be scheduled until Slick had been deemed competent by his doctors.

Slick did not object to Fishel’s ruling and did not enter a plea. Slick’s next court date was not scheduled.

“Your honor,” Slick asked Fishel, “Is this going to be like the last time?”

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