Baltimore Man’s Mental Health Hearing Postponed to Review Competency Report

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A 21-year-old homicide defendant’s mental health court status hearing on Jan. 26 was postponed until February to allow counsel time to review an expert’s competency opinion.

Deontae Johnson is facing first-degree murder and weapons charges in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 40-year-old man on the 1900 block of E. Federal Street on Dec. 9, 2020, according to WMAR Baltimore.

Counsel in the case told Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin on Wednesday that they received a 57-page report on his competency last night with the opinion that he was not criminally responsible.

However, the prosecution and defense attorney Sharon Bogins Eberhart, who stood in for Ana Hernandez, requested to postpone the hearing to Feb. 23 in order to review the report.

Judge Rasin approved the request.