HICKMAN — A Western Kentucky man charged with fatally shooting a mayor has been found incompetent to stand trial.
The Paducah Sun reported that a Fulton County Circuit Court judge made the ruling Tuesday after a competency hearing for 30-year-old Thomas Lattus, who is accused of fatally shooting Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy in January.
The judge ordered Lattus to reside at Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville for up to 360 days.
Prosecutor Mike Stacy said charges of murder and burglary will be dismissed, but would be brought again when Lattus is deemed competent.
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Stacy said he did not agree with the ruling.
"In my opinion, the report was full of contradictions," Stacy said of Lattus' competency evaluation. "I believe the defendant didn't do enough for the evaluator to recommend him incompetent."
Lattus' attorney, Dennis Null, said he didn't disagree with the ruling. He said psychologist Richard Johnson testified that Lattus was evaluated for 92 days, which is 60 days longer than most patients.
Null said Lattus would receive treatment until he is found competent to stand trial.
Stacy said it is only a temporary setback in the case.
"I am confident that this case will be prosecuted," he said.
Null has said that his client showed signs of mental instability right after the shooting.
Officers arrested Lattus after he walked into the police station and told them that he shot Murphy. An officer who went to Murphy's house found the side door broken in and Murphy dead of a shotgun blast.
Murphy, 68, was a well-liked former educator who was in the middle of his second term as mayor. Lattus told police that God's tongue told him to kill Murphy, who had dated his adoptive mother on and off over the years.