Owosso, MI (LifeNews.com) — The man who allegedly shot and killed pro-life advocate James Pouillon and a local businessman last month has been declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. Local resident Harlan Drake stands accused of shooting Pouillon as he protested abortion outside a high school.
District Court Judge Terrance P. Dignan signed an order on Wednesday declaring Drake incompetent to stand trial and remanding the 33-year-old to the State Department of Mental Health for treatment.
Despite the decision, Judge Dignan said there is a good possibility that treatment will make it so Drake will attain competence enough to be tried for the September 11 shootings.
Robert Ashley, Drake’s attorney, told the Owosso Argus-Press newspaper that there were several reasons for the ruling.
He said Drake’s suicide attempt two days after the shooting was a factor along with a 2004 crash Drake was involved in that resulted in the death of two teenagers which saw them fail to yield to his truck.