Homicide Defendant Deemed Incompetent

A 53-year-old Baltimore man charged with first-degree murder was deemed incompetent to stand trial on June 22 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin

Robert Douglass is charged with first-degree murder, carjacking, second-degree assault, car theft, unauthorized removal of property, reckless endangerment, and two counts of failure to stop at the scene of a crime in connection to an incident on March 2, 2021. 

During court proceedings, the defendant’s defense counsel Koryn High informed the court that her client’s stroke caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI) for him. She also said he does not qualify for a TBI waiver, but he does qualify for an outpatient program for people who suffer from strokes. The program helps people with impulse control and speech therapy. 

Judge Rasin argued that based on the defendant’s outpatient evaluation, he is deemed incompetent to stand trial. Judge Rasin also added that the defendant is also living in an assisted living facility. 

Douglass’ next hearing is scheduled for July 5.