Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey
Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on Kashif Bashir being found competent to stand trial in the shooting of Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy.
The man accused of shooting an Alexandria police officer during a traffic stop last year was found competent to stand trial Thursday.
Kashif Bashir was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of using a weapon in the commission of a felony. The taxi driver was accused of shooting Alexandria police Officer Peter Laboy in the head Feb. 27, 2013, as Laboy attempted to pull over Bashir's taxi.
In court documents obtained by News4 last May, a forensic psychologist wrote that Bashir was "deeply and densely delusional." His defense attorneys claimed that Bashir suffers from auditory hallucinations and believes that people involved in his case are speaking to him telepathically.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed last July that Bashir wasn't competent to stand trial.Bashir has been in a state mental health facility since last spring.
The court was told Thursday that with medication, Bashir is now mentally stable, but his attorneys warned that stability may not last once he's transferred to jail from Central State Hospital in Petersburg.
A trial date will be set next week.
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