An accused killer may well face a jury after a judge ruled him fit to stand trial. Jeffrey Hazelwood showed up a court in Roswell, Georgia on Tuesday, and learned that his case remains in progress despite testimony that claimed he suffers from mental illness.
Fulton County Judge Shawn LaGrua said he agreed with doctors who said the defendant comprehends the charges against him, his position in the proceedings, and is able help in his own defense, according to a 15-page ruling obtained by 11Alive.
In court, psychiatrist Dr. Selig Cynman reportedly said Hazelwood suffers from five mental illnesses. Symptoms include hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. Christian Hildreth, forensic director for Central State Hospital, reportedly testified that Hazelwood had improved after starting treatment in February. At first, he supposedly had trouble completing sentences, but switching to a new medication gave him the ability to have conversations with therapists, Hildreth said.
Hazelwood has recently appeared in court with newly cropped hair and a suit. Video depicts him shaking his leg, and rocking back and forth.
He was charged in the August deaths of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17-years-old. Hazelwood is accused of approaching the victims in their car, ordering them to step out, and fatally shooting Davis when he felt threatened. Then he allegedly sexually assaulted Henderson, then shot her in the head before stealing her debit card. The teens were found dead behind a Publix supermarket.
Hazelwood faces counts of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery, identity fraud, theft, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
[Screengrab via 11Alive]