PRESCOTT - Richard Dean Widman, accused of murder and conspiracy and found not competent to stand trial, has completed a county program to restore him to competency, but his doctors will have to tell a judge whether the treatment worked.
Police arrested Widman, 54, and Tharpsky Oyal Brown, 26, both of Prescott Valley, in March 2010 at their residence in the 8400 block of Manley Drive on charges of first-degree murder, Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said.
Police investigators said the victim, John Eugene Jackson, 37, of Prescott Valley, got into an argument that turned into a violent fight with Brown and Widman in a parking lot in the 8200 block of Jacque Drive.
The two suspects allegedly beat and stabbed Jackson, Bonney said. An autopsy showed that Jackson suffered multiple blunt-force injuries and multiple stab wounds to his head and neck. The pair each faced one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy; Widman also is charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
He was declared not competent to assist in his own defense in March 2012 and assigned to the Yavapai County Restoration to Competency (RTC) program.
In February of this year, Brown pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a weapons misconduct charge.
Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley sentenced Brown to 20 years flat time in prison, meaning he is not eligible for any early release, on the murder charge, and five years to be served concurrently on the weapons charge.
On Monday, attorney Angela Napper said the defense wanted to have a hearing "to determine whether or not (Widman's treatment in) the RTC has been adequate."
Ainley, noting that there have been unspecified "issues" with Widman in the RTC program, agreed and set the hearing for Oct. 15.