Teen Accused Of Killing Mother Found Mentally Competent

Teen Accused Of Killing Mother Found Mentally Competent

CREATED Jan 15, 2014

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. - A Sumner County judge has ruled that a teen accused of killing his mother is mentally competent to stand trial.

The attorney for 16-year-old Zachary Davis attorney argued the teen suffers from a mental illness that seriously impairs his competency to stand trial.

According to an affidavit obtained by News Channel 5, Davis used a sledge hammer to attack and kill his mother Melanie Davis while she was sleeping at their Hendersonville home in August 2012. He then locked the door behind him, set the house on fire while his older brother was asleep. His brother managed to escape.

When police caught up with Davis, they said he had a notebook with a letter in it, confessing to the murder.

Davis was charged with first degree murder as well as a criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and aggravated arson. A judge ruled he would be tried as an adult shortly after the murder, and his attorney requested the mental evaluation.

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