Man accused of killing Deputy Goforth being transferred to jail from mental hospital

Shannon Miles found incompetent for trial in February

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor , Phil Archer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Accused cop killer Shannon Miles is being transferred back to Harris County from a state mental hospital, according to his attorney.

Anthony Osso says Miles' return means doctors at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon have apparently decided Miles is competent to stand trial.

“That's an indication that restoration has been successful in their eyes. Now, that doesn't mean I agree with it.” Osso said. “I'll have an opportunity to start trying to work with him, and at that time well determine whether or not we agree with the findings of the state hospital.”

Miles is charged with capital murder in the execution-style killing of Deputy Darren Goforth. Goforth was gunned down at a gas station at West Road and Telge Rd in Cypress on Aug. 28, 2015. Investigators said Miles ran up behind Goforth as the deputy filled his police car with gas, and shot him multiple times. Prosecutors contend Goforth was killed simply because he was in uniform.

VIDEO: Anthony Osso says doctors believe Miles will be able to stand trial in Goforth's death 

In February, Miles, who has a long history of psychosis, was found incompetent to stand trial.

At that time, Miles’ attorney, Anthony Osso, said that his client was aware that he has been charged, but he did not fully understand the severity of the offense.

Miles was sent to the state mental hospital for further evaluation and treatment last July Osso said he was treated there with psychotropic medication and counseling.

On Tuesday, a bench warrant was issued to return Miles to Harris County. Judge Susan Brown, Osso and prosecutors can't agree on Miles' competence to stand trial, a jury could be empaneled to make the decision.

Miles' next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 20.

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