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Tue May 1, 2007
Adam Ward found competent to stand trial
By Brad Kellar/Bill Oliver
Greenville, TX – A Hunt County District Court jury took 90 minutes to determine that Adam Ward, charged with the slaying of Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael "Pee Wee Walker" in 2005, to be mentally competent to stand trial.
The verdict followed testimony from a forensic psychologist hired by Ward's defense team. Dr. Kristi Compton testified Monday that Ward suffered from a shared psychotic disorder which he received from his father.
Dr. Compton said that Ward's mental status might improve if he was removed from access to the father and placed in an environment where he could receive treatment and medications. Compton added while Ward factually understands the trial process in which he is involved, he does not have a rational understanding.
The Hunt County District Attorney's Office has announced it is seeking death by lethal injection as a punishment for Ward, should he be convicted of capital murder.
Walker, 44, was working as a code enforcement officer on the morning of June 13, 2005 when Ward was alleged to have shot and killed Walker following a disagreement outside of Ward's home on Caddo Street in Commerce.
Individual jury selection is continuing in Ward's trial on the capital murder charge, which is currently scheduled to begin June 11. Ward remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $2 million bond. He has pleaded not guilty.