A 23-year-old East Moline accused of fatally shooting his grandfather earlier this month will be evaluated for his fitness to stand trial.
Rock Island County Assistant Public Defender Matthew Durbin, one of the attorneys for Roman P. Knox, said Tuesday that there was a "bona fide" doubt as to his fitness and asked that he be evaluated by Moline-based clinical psychologist Kirk Witherspoon.
Judge Frank Fuhr granted the request during a short hearing at the Rock Island County Justice Center and set a status hearing for Dec. 12.
The judge's ruling essentially halts the criminal proceedings against Knox until his fitness can be determined.
If it is determined that he is unfit for trial, he will be remanded to the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services for restoration training.
Knox, who was not present in court Tuesday, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of his grandfather, Robert E. Neal Sr., 69.
At 9:31 p.m. Nov. 17, police were called to the 200 block of 19th Street in East Moline for a battery complaint.
A passerby had called police and said there appeared to be two people fighting on the sidewalk and that one of them had a gun.
Officers found Neal, who appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the chest, lying on the grass and began administering aid until EMS took over.
He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Knox was arrested without incident a short time later at the home he and Neal shared, according to police.
Knox was armed with a long gun and had blood on him, according to police.
Police have not said what the two were arguing about before the shooting but said there was a history of domestic problems.